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Barnett & Solomon have published on their own behalf, as well as for their clients. Their publishing services include research, writing, book design and publishing. In 2015, FotoMacher – Examining Lives with Jewish Eyes was produced to accompany Frank's fine art photography exhibit at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. Their 2016 publication, All American Toy Co. – All American Toys for All American Boys, became the basis for their forthcoming exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society Museum, scheduled to open September 13, 2019. That year they also published Photography In My Bones – Half a Century of Images by Frank Barnett that was the 2017 recipient of the Independent Publishers Award, Silver Medal in Photography. In 2019 Barnett & Solomon created an installation of vintage Salem photographs for Doneth & Sturdivant Wealth Advisors, and published an accompanying book that documented the firm's photography installation. Presently, Barnett & Solomon are photographing, researching and writing Dancing In Two Worlds – Strong Hearts, Determined Spirits, scheduled for publication in the fall of 2020.
"Like Avedon, Barnett sought access to unusual and edgy, outsider subjects including the Angola Prison Rodeo performers at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, nursing home patients, and his late wife during her two-year losing battle with cancer. He pointed to his trip to Angola as emblematic of his inclination to photograph, like other Jews, out on the edge of things – among the dispossessed, the outcasts, and the hopeless in our midst.
In the faces captured by Barnett in a maximum security prison, nursing homes, and a hospice, we see our own selves as much as anything else in the faces of prisoners and the dying, those who have been dealt life sentences. While Barnett believes he stays on the outside, he has the ability to penetrate the world of those whom he photographs, to see them with the clarity of a stranger.
– Paul Haist
In 1947, the year All American Toy Company was founded by Clay and Beth Steinke in Salem, Oregon, an unusual chapter in the annuls of toy manufacturing in the United States was begun. Few companies in any industry can boast of 70 years of survival, and fewer still can point with pride to making their products entirely in the U.S.A. – an assertion that is particularly relevant given today's preoccupation with globalization. All American Toy Co. has accomplished this and much more.
Here is an historic account resulting from interviews with former employees, gathering and analysis of historic documents, original drawings and industrial designs, and many never-before-published photographs. Photographer Frank Barnett spent seven months in a photo studio set up in the warehouse of Salem Tools whose owner, Patrick Russell, owned All American Toys for more than two decades. There he photographed the entire model truck collection while Martha Solomon conducted interviews, did research, and drafted the text for the book. Soon to become an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society Museum.
From Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall and New York Harbor in 1964, to his photomontage, Object of Desire in 2014, Frank Barnett has been creating award-winning images that are now available in book form. The book itself became an award winner in 2017 when the Independent Publishers recognized Frank's work with the Silver Medal In Photography.
"Just as Richard Avedon photographed his dying father, Barnett created emotionally charged images of both his late wife's father and mother in their final hours. As Dad Lay Dying, an unforgettable image of the man in a nursing home, his eyes shut, his mouth agape, an oxygen cannula underneath his nostrils, lent new meaning – and more than one meaning – to the term still life."
Photographer, Editor and Publisher
Curated and Digitally Restored by Frank Barnett & Martha A. Solomon
The newly constructed offices of Doneth & Sturdivant Wealth Advisors were built where the Oregon Pulp and Paper Company, at one time the city's largest industry, operated on the bank of the Willamette River. Partners Jason Doneth and James Sturdivant chose to decorate their fourth floor offices with vintage photographs of Salem, and especially images taken in the neighborhood, such as the Salem Brewery Association, the Marion Hotel, and photographs of the river and its riverboats. Photographer Frank Barnett meticulously restored the images and Martha A. Solomon researched and wrote the accompanying historical narratives for the book and plaques that were installed next to each framed historic photograph. This coffee table book that accompanies the curated installation is 13 x 11 inches.