About the Book
As of this writing, our planet has almost as many mobile phone subscribers as inhabitants— about seven billion! China and India, between them, have over two billion subscribers. In the United States there are more subscribers than its 300 million population. While a majority of these subscribers reside in more developed countries, where it is not un- common to own multiple cell phones, there are about one billion people in poor, undeveloped countries who do not yet own a cell phone.
Remarkably, it was little more than a decade ago that the cell phone became such an integral part of our lives, so much so that we frequently find ourselves asking: How did we human be- ings ever manage to function before its sudden appearance?
Roger Minick’s book Cell People is a candid, insightful, often humorous, photographic look at our twenty-four-seven love affair with this ubiquitous, talking, listening, texting, computing, imaging device. When looking at the people in Minick’s images, one almost begins to believe that this “thing” at the end of their hands, invariably pressed against an ear, has become a virtual extension of human anatomy.
American Roger Minick has been photographing the American experience for nearly half a century. His photographs are included in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J Paul Getty Museum, George Eastman House, and The Smithsonian. Two previous mainstream photographic books, published by Scrimshaw Press, include DELTA WEST and HILLS OF HOME. The recent books AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICS, SIGHTSEER, CELL PEOPLE, SEEN from TRAIN, UNDOCUMENTED, THE ETERNAL STARE, PARTHENON MARBLES, CORNUCOPIA, EyeEurope, EyeRamblings, and FIFTY are published by Perambulation Press, a self-publishing venture founded by Roger Minick, specializing in fine quality limited edition books. Dylan Swift is Roger Minick's nom de plume.