The slides of Sverre "Bex" Braathen combine a "Passion for Circus" with the skills and artistry of photography at its finest.
Images were captured in the saturated colors of Kodachrome slides and date from the early 1940s to the late 1950s as well as black and white film in the 1930s. Set within the context of the entire Braathen collection, these images provide insight to what happens just outside the canvas flaps of the circus tent.
The content of the photographs range from the careful unloading of the trains, to rare outdoor performances, to performers (and sometimes their guests) relaxing in the "back yard" of circuses large and small.
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