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Beth Rooney October 11, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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The Zoppé Family Circus. Addison, Illinois 2008

Beth Rooney (b. 1983, USA) is a freelance photojournalist based in Chicago.  After graduating from Ohio University in 2005 she traveled to Paranagua, Brazil with a grant from Ohio University. Upon returning to the United States she took an internship with Lauren Greenfield in Los Angeles. After working as a freelancer in Chicago for a year, Beth attended the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2007. Some of her current clients include: The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, FADER, and NPR.

About the Photograph:

“Carlo Gentile is holding his youngest child, Giulia, a year old in this photo,  in front of the tent at The Zoppé family circus in Addison, Illinois. Carlo and his family spent last summer traveling with “Zoppé, an Italian Family Circus,” which has been entertaining crowds around the world since 1842.  Carlo and his wife perform a foot-juggling act and incorporate their children into their  show. They are already teaching them to balance and feel comfortable in front of the crowd. This image is from a larger piece about the whole show. This story appealed to me because traditional circus has an energy that is mysterious and draws people in. This troupe was particularly interesting because they focus on emotional connections with the audience and work to preserve the dying art of family circus. Every year there are new acts, but the basics stay the same: entertaining audiences around the country with the simple but fantastic story of Nino the clown.”

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