Baltimore photographer Michael Northrup (born 1948) has been making gently humorous but decidedly jubilant color photographs of his daily life since the early 1970s. His 2004 J&L publication Beautiful Ecstasy depicted young families (Northrupís own and those of friends) partying and performing for the camera, often in each otherís homes, bringing a beautifully understated formal elegance to moments of tender and chaotic everyday living. This sequel to Beautiful Ecstasy presents a further selection of previously unpublished photographs from the 1970s and 80s, all permeated with Northrupís characteristic joie de vivre. Period details in furniture and clothing vividly resurrect the textures of these bygone moments; here, we also see young couples bringing children into their chaotic worlds, freighting these scenes of small town America with a powerful atmosphere of fragility and wonder.
Beautiful Ecstasy is a collection of snapshot portraits and still lifes by American photographer Michael Northrup (born 1948), shot in the 1970s and 80s. Young families--Northrup's own and those of friends--are depicted partying and performing for the camera, a jubilant and wild community in small-town America.