I grew up in Andover, MN, where the houses were built in the '90s or after. They are all similar, middle class homes with attached garages, neutral colors, and without distinguishing details. The Whittier neighborhood houses were built in the early 1900s. They too are middle class houses. However they were built at a time where there seems to have been more attention to detail and craftsmanship.
I drove throughout the Whittier neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota and photographed many of the houses. The best way to describe these photographs would be as Typologies, or classifications. I enjoy the architecture of the houses and photographing them in black and white allows the audience to look at the way the house is built and its small details, rather than focusing on the bright colors of the houses.
This project later turned into a book designed by myself. Included are fifteen photographs from the series Whittier Typologies, one page summarizing the history of the Whittier neighborhood, and one page including the artist statement.The book was made in the accordion style and measures 15” x 12” x 2”, and when fully opened the accordion page measures 17’ long.
All photographs are taken with a Toyo Large Format 4x5 camera.