Spirited photographer, fearless adventurer and incredibly nice guy Ian Spanier has a new book out – one that tells a story of people who don’t always get recognition for their service to communities across the United States. Local Heroes: Portraits of America’s Volunteer Firefighters is a tribute to the everyday citizens who help protect homes and lives.
Ian and collaborators Marek Fuchs, Florian Bachleda and Grace Martinez compiled moving portraits along with the timely issues that face many volunteer fire houses, such as underfunding and lack of appreciation for the time firefighters put in and sacrifices they make.
Parade Magazine calls the book “riveting”. Newsday notes that it’s “especially relevant”. And from NetGalley, “amazing…particularly moving…a must have”.
For more details and reviews of this publication and to see Ian’s unique take on intimate portraiture, visit the tumblr page for the book. You can read an interview about the project with writer Marek Fuchs. And order the book here – it would make a very meaningful holiday gift for a volunteer firefighter or photography fan on your list.
Ian Spanier is an award-winning photographer based in New York. His work has appeared in Conde’ Nast Traveler, Men’s Journal, Marie Claire, Muscle and Fitness, Field & Stream, Time Out NY, Psychology Today, Los Angeles Magazine and Private Air. His first book, Playboy, A Guide to Cigars documents his travels to nearly every country that manufactures cigars. His newest book, Local Heroes: Portraits of America’s Volunteer Firefighters is published by Schiffer Books.