Charlie Beesley’s Discarded America

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Charlie Beesley’s Discarded America: Shanty Tramp


byNWR's featured movie seen through a sequence of found photos.

From a collection of some 55,000 images packed into vintage suitcases and file boxes, of everyday Americans taken by friends family classmates neighbors co-workers strangers, countless faces and countless stories, '...these anonymous people who come and go in the cities and who move on the land; what they look like, now; what is in their faces and in the windows and the streets beside and around them; what they are wearing and what they are riding in, and how they are gesturing...' Charlie points to those words, from an unpublished note Walker Evans wrote for the first publication of American Photographs in 1938, when asked what he looks for in a pile of old photos. 'I like watching pursuits and surroundings change through a century without really changing at all, how immigrants from across the globe became Americans, adopting local beer, cigarettes and slang, growing larger on chicken and biscuits and burgers and fries to fill all the empty space around them. I'll dig through anything - snapshots, photobooths, studio portraits, press photos, publicity stills, prints, negatives, slides - to find something beautiful or true, or better yet a riddle. Why has the woman in the pink coat crawled under the kitchen table with the baby? Why is the car parked in the middle of the river with somebody's mom in the passenger seat reading the Sunday paper?' We are proud to introduce Charlie's photos to the public consciousness.

Charlie Beesley is a burrowing nocturnal creature at peace in the Pacific Northwest after years drifting coast to coast avoiding the music, book and movie industries. An obsessive collector from birth, he has concentrated on photographs since the early nineties.

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Volume 1

  • Chapter 1

  • Chapter 2

  • Chapter 3

Regional Renegades

Jimmy McDonough

The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds

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Charlie Beesley's Discarded America

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Bert Williams: Stark Raving Drama

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​The Art of Bert Williams

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Discovering the Lost Cuckoo Bird

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Naked I Take Your Money I: The Relater

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JUST ENOUGH STUFF: THE SAGA OF MARGARET DOLLROD I

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Family Man: Frankie Miller

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LOOSE ON THE DEUCE I: The Prince of Porn

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MURDER IS MY BEAT: FLORIDA

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Barbie and Me

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The Restorationists

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Hot Thrills And Warm Chills

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james booker: TAKE MY BLACK HEART BACK TO NEW ORLEANS

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Sexploitation Texas-Style!

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Hot-Blooded Women: The Dames of Dale Berry

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Dames I: Rita Alexander

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Dames II: Beverly Oliver Massegee

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Dames III: Bubbles Cash and Keiley Mynk

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Dames IV: Susan Secord

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Naked I Take Your Money II: Sad Dick

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​Johnny Thunders: Thy Will Be Done

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JUST ENOUGH STUFF: THE SAGA OF MARGARET DOLL ROD II

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LOOSE ON THE DEUCE II: Fare Games

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THE LEPERS OF NEW ORLEANS

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MURDER IS MY BEAT: NEW ORLEANS

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THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS

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Charlie Beesley’s Discarded America

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The Restorationists

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Shanty Tramp

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Are you with me: The Last Testament Of Wayne Cochran

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Murder is my Beat: Me and Mr Gacy

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Hot Tramp, I Love You So

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​Naked I Take Your Money III: I Don't Want to Set The World On Fire

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St. Pete Boys: Florida Crime Writers

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B-Girl

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JUST ENOUGH STUFF: THE SAGA OF MARGARET DOLL ROD III

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Luke Moberly: From The Swamps

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LOOSE ON THE DEUCE III: LIFE IN THE SLEAZY LANE

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Charlie Beesley’s Discarded America

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THE RESTORATIONISTS

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My Romance

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