Cyber Corpse 2
Exquisite Corpse - A Journal of Letters and Life
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Bingo Photographs

by Andrew Miksys

When I was eleven my parents took me to a special bingo session for children. Remarkably, I won $300 and wasted no time buying the best BMX bike I could find. Overnight, bingo entered my life as this magical game that brought me treasure and the envy of all my friends. A few months prior to this, my father walked out of a job he had selling insurance and started the Bingo Today newspaper. In high school, he gave me a job delivering his newspaper to bingo halls around Seattle. Each week I entered the smoke filled rooms of local VFWs, Boys Clubs, hockey or skating clubs that sponsored bingo. Bingo regulars were seated at their favorite tables with ink daubers and various good luck charms next to seemingly endless rows of bingo cards. After unloading the stacks of papers, I would sometimes pause, take in the scene, and listen to the numbers being called. In this series of photographs, I have sought to return to these experiences that fueled my early imagination. What keeps me returning, however, are the fascinating people I meet and their wonderful willingness to share their wins, their loses and lives with me.

 

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New Orleans 1996

 

New Orleans 1996
Seattle 1996
Seattle 1996
Seattle 1997
Seattle 1997

 

Andrew Miksys is originally from Washington State. Several of his bingo photographs will be included in an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum www.seattleartmuseum.org entitled, Hereabouts: The Northwest by Seven Photographers, November 16, 1999 - March 12, 2000. In 1998-1999 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to photograph in Lithuania. An exhibition of his Lithuanian photographs will be on view at the Foster Gallery, Louisiana State University, from November 29 - December 11, 1999.

amiksys@hotmail.com

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