Hudson photographer Carl Corey knows Wisconsin. He really knows Wisconsin. Previous bodies of work such as Tavern League, On Ice and a recently completed trek on the Wisconsin portion of the Yellowstone Trail reveal a deep interest and knowledge of the land, the people, its culture and history. Equipped with his camera and an acute sensitivity to the world around him and how it’s both changing and staying the same, Corey’s attitude is that he doesn’t make statements, “I share observations.”
For Love and Money
“observes” Wisconsin businesses that have been in single-family control for over 50 years. Meditative studies in the traditions of family, work and the persistence of skill, pride and endurance in the face of a rapidly-changing global economy, Corey’s photographs are at once humbling and hopeful, intriguing and inspiring.
While Wisconsin-specific, Corey’s photographs are also American pictures: such businesses exist throughout this country and form a larger part of the national economy that might be initially recognized. They put a human face to the very essence of what make communities—particularly small ones—tick: going to work, providing a service or product, paying wages and making the local, and by extension, the national economy work. In short, For Love and Money
personifies the American work ethic.