Dan Farnum in his studio at Tulsa Artist Fellowship in Tulsa, OK. Dan is a 2019 Tulsa Artist Fellow.

The photographs in Dan Farnum’s debut photography book Young Blood investigate children, teenagers, and young adults raised amidst a backdrop of economic decomposition in the neighborhoods of Michigan’s auto towns. Adolescence and early adulthood are characterized by both fragile uncertainty and exciting potential.

“The circumstances in Detroit are a large-scale representation of these socioeconomic issues,”  said Farnum. “There was also a significant ripple effect throughout the state. My project takes a regional look at the process of becoming an adult in economically challenged communities that incorporates places like Saginaw, Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Ypsilanti, as well as the Detroit metropolitan area. All of these cities were part of the auto industry at some point and have dealt with parallel challenges.”

The images in Young Blood were made over a ten-year period on visits back to Farnum’s home state of Michigan. The Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, and The University of Tulsa generously provided funding for this publication.

Farnum will be at the New York Art Book Fair throughout the day, Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22. The book signing will take place on Saturday, September 21 from 1 – 2 pm at Fair Table 016.

For more information and to order the book, visit aint-bad.com/dan-farnum.