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Photographs by Eric Payson

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ISBN: 9781576871423

Photographs by Eric Payson
Essay by Robert Sobieszek
Edited by Mark Holborn

Hardcover, 12 x 9.5 inches, 88 pages, 66 four-color and black-and-white photographs
ISBN: 978-1-57687-142-3
Photographs by Eric Payson
Essay by Robert Sobieszek
Edited by Mark Holborn

Hardcover, 12 x 9.5 inches, 88 pages, 66 four-color and black-and-white photographs
ISBN: 978-1-57687-142-3

“Eric Payson has created a thoroughly terrific book—an eye view of a young girl’s softball team that is at once intimate and revealing about the twenty-five girls and at the same time evokes the grace, beauty, frustration, and elation of any athletic endeavor. It is a striking achievement to be treasured by anyone who appreciates brilliant photography and anyone who loves sports.”
—Doris Kearns Goodwin,
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of Wait Till Next Year

Bobcats, Eric Payson’s first monograph, is a touching and timeless ode to the game of softball as it is lived and played by the Bobcats, a team of teenage girls based in Tucson, Arizona. With extensive access to their daily routines both on and off the field, Payson has created an intimate portrait of the physical and emotional dramas the girls experience as athletes on the team. His photographs explore the dynamics of the group and the isolation of the individual. Whether the girls are being instructed by their coach, playing around during breaks, idling along the sidelines, or flexing their muscles, Bobcats illustrates how the sport unites the girls in triumph—and in failure.

“We may never know whether the young girl is holding her head in her hands out of fatigue or dismay. We may never discover who the mustachioed man in sunglasses and wearing a cowboy hat is. Nor will we ever find out if the batter, over whose shoulder Payson took two shots, ever hit the softball hurling toward her. But then, it doesn’t matter. What matters are the ordered arrangements of fact that Payson assembles so well.”
—Robert A. Sobieszek

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