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Scars & Stripes: The Culture of Modern Roller Derby

Scars & Stripes: The Culture of Modern Roller Derby

Andréanna Seymore, Foreword by Suzy Hotrod

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Join photographer and skater Andréanna Seymore on her fearless journey through the world of roller derby, beginning with her serendipitous introduction to the sport in 2008. Modern roller derby is a vibrant, empowering, and revolutionary movement transitioning from obscure subculture to mainstream pastime on both a national, as well as global, stage. Action-packed and emotionally provocative photographs taken over a five-year period reveal the joy, pain, and dedication of these athletes on and off the track. Enriched by riveting and often touching commentary from nearly one hundred skaters, coaches, fans, and referees, this book captures the daring, entrepreneurial spirit of the participants, the extraordinary bonds that form, and the invigorating and infectious fanaticism that characterizes every bout. An increasing number of male, co-ed, and junior leagues all share a strong, do-it-yourself ethic that combines fierce athleticism with elements from punk, camp, and third-wave feminist aesthetics. In part because of this non-discriminatory nature, roller derby is currently the fastest growing sport in America.

Size: 11″ x 8 1/2″ | 160 color photos | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764346897 | Binding: hard cover

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Andréanna Seymore grew up on the East End of Long Island. She earned her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, working as a professional photographer ever since, and her Masters in Social Sciences and Urban Affairs from Queens College. Her photography captures slices of life of everyday people, illuminating them in ways that prompt the viewer to think about what is occurring beyond the four corners of the photograph. Andréanna has been developing Scars & Stripes since 2008, traveling extensively in the US, Canada, and England and photographing the women and men involved, the subculture, and the integration with everyday life of this fast-growing phenomenon. Andréanna currently lives in New York City, where she also skates for the Long Island Roller Rebels.