milling district along the Mississippi River. A railroad bridge on Washington Avenue. Jim's Hamburgers in Duluth. A spiral staircase in the Schmidt Brewery. These are the spaces that capture the moods of Minnesota's prewar era. These are the everyday places where ordinary
people lived and worked. These are the images that show us the remnants of a city's past. In The Quiet Hours, Mike Melman records a vanishing era of Minnesota's towns and cities through a series of seventy black-and-white photographs taken from 1985 to 2002. Working
in the half-light of predawn hours, Melman brings a new perspective to familiar places, one shaped by his training as an architect and his particular affinity for old buildings. Melman's atmospheric photographs give us insight into the bygone
life of a city where we had not thought to look for one before. In his essay, Bill Holm compares Melman's work to that of Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg, artists who embrace and celebrate...