COLLECTOR’S EDITION / The Unchosen Ones: Portraits of an American Pastoral (2021) by R. J. Kern
COLLECTOR’S EDITION / The Unchosen Ones: Portraits of an American Pastoral (2021) by R. J. Kern
COLLECTOR’S EDITION / The Unchosen Ones: Portraits of an American Pastoral (2021) by R. J. Kern
COLLECTOR’S EDITION / The Unchosen Ones: Portraits of an American Pastoral (2021) by R. J. Kern
COLLECTOR’S EDITION / The Unchosen Ones: Portraits of an American Pastoral (2021) by R. J. Kern
COLLECTOR’S EDITION / The Unchosen Ones: Portraits of an American Pastoral (2021) by R. J. Kern
COLLECTOR’S EDITION / The Unchosen Ones: Portraits of an American Pastoral (2021) by R. J. Kern

COLLECTOR’S EDITION / The Unchosen Ones: Portraits of an American Pastoral (2021) by R. J. Kern

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By R. J. Kern
Essay by Alison Nordström

Edition of 50 + 10AP books

Edition 31/50 currently available

Includes “American Denim" cover with tipped in photograph front and back, embossed and foil stamping, signed & numbered by artist

Choice of TWO 11 x 14 inch archival pigment prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm, signed, numbered, & dated on verso, limited to edition of 10 + 2AP (prints may not be the same).

Custom “American Denim” print folio handmade by the artist

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A new book by award-winning Minneapolis-based photographer R. J. Kern, The Unchosen Ones (MW Editions, November 2021) features portraits of future farmers in America’s heartland. Kern’s subjects are Minnesota 4-H members, each of whom spent a year raising an animal then entered it into a 4-H competition. He first photographed them in 2016, and none of the children who sat for him succeeded in winning first prize, despite the obvious care they had given to their animals. The formal qualities of Kern’s lighting and setting endow these young people with a gravitas beyond their years, revealing self-directed dedication in some, and in others, perhaps, the pressures of traditions imposed upon them. Four years later, in 2020, Kern returned to photograph and interview his young subjects. As he took the second group of photographs, Kern inquired about what his young subjects had carried forward from their previous experience. What were their thoughts, their advice, their dreams and their goals for the future? How do they fit in future agricultural America? The new images are poignant when juxtaposed with the originals, tapping into the mindset of America’s agricultural youth. These beautiful portraits capture a certain America, a rural world, and a time in life when the layered emotions of youth are laid bare.

Book Specifications
ISBN: 9781735762937

Denim Clothbound with tipped in photographs front and back

9 1/4 x 11 3/4"
136 pages
111 color photographs