Ocean House Author Series: Will Vogt
Ocean House owner and author Deborah Goodrich Royce is joined this week by photographer Will Vogt to discuss his new book, These Americans.
Will Vogt is a photographer whose work documents the lives of his friends and family. Marked by recurring annual events and activities, his photographs offer a glimpse into a world of privilege that remains remarkably unchanged by contemporary society. Vogt’s award-winning photographs have been exhibited nationally with recent solo and group shows at venues such as the Museum of South Texas, Ocean House, Watch Hill Improvement Society, Avondale Arts, and The Barn at Downing Yudain in Stamford Connecticut. When not attending a variety of annual events, he divides his time between his South Texas Ranch and summer home in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
Enjoy wine, light bites and a signed copy of These Americans.
Please note, tickets purchased for this event are non-refundable.
About These Americans:
In 1969, Will Vogt was given a Nikkormat for his 17th birthday and he has been photographing his social circle ever since. Photography has a long, complicated history with documenting the underprivileged but rarely, if ever, do we see the privileged in the same unvarnished light. Vogt’s images offer a raw glimpse into an American upper class that is inaccessible to most and remarkably unchanged by contemporary society. For over 50 years, while pursuing careers in oil and gas, hunting, and ranching, Vogt continued to document his life with a camera. The images in this book center around Vogt’s family, friends, acquaintances, and particularly the summer residents of Watch Hill, a coastal community in Rhode Island where he has spent summers since childhood. Marked by recurring and special events, get-togethers and overseas excursions, Vogt’s images capture people who frequent elegant gatherings, sprawling seaside cottages, golf clubs and racetracks, Florida plantations, South Texas ranches, and British shooting estates. These Americans is an intimate depiction of one man’s life and a revealing portrait of American elites from 1969 to 1996. Includes in introduction by Jay McInerney.