The Last Sideshow
Jimmy and Dena Katz followed the last authentic traveling sideshow in America and captured poignant portraits of a dying breed of performers, from fire eaters and freaks, in their new book, World of Wonders.
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Excerpted from World of Wonders by Jimmy and Dena Katz ©2009. With permission from the publisher, powerhouse Books.
Jimmy Katz spent more than a decade based in Utah as a mountaineer and Nordic skier, photographing the desert and mountainous terrain. Back in New York, he established himself as a well-known music photographer, shooting over 250 recording projects and more than 60 Jazz magazine covers.
Dena Katz was born and educated in Moscow, in the former Soviet Union. She met Jimmy Katz during his expedition to the Soviet Pamir, and their relationship developed after she had climbed the highest peak in Europe. Shortly thereafter, she moved to the United States and pursued post-graduate East Asian studies at Columbia University. She has been a conceptualist and collaborator with Jimmy Katz on a number of photographic projects.