Todd R. Darling: American Idyll


This book is not yet published, but will be available from December 2021.

ISBN: 9788862087414 Category:

Todd Darling


Todd recently completed a documentary project that began in 2016, about Paterson NJ. He grew up in the next town over from Paterson and when he returned to the US his work on Paterson became a way to reconnect with his home and past. The project, inspired by local poets William Carlos Williams and Allen Ginsberg, is a lyrical interrogation of the American dream told through the story of America’s first industrial city and its people.

Paterson was founded in 1792 by Alexander Hamilton to be America’s manufacturing center because he recognized that in order for America to truly be free she needed to be self-sufficient. Grand mills were constructed that were powered by the rushing waters of the falls that dominate the city’s landscape. For the next 150 years, Paterson thrived as a manufacturing city that drew immigrants from all over the world. The silk trade dominated, earning Paterson the nickname the Silk City. Submarines, airplane engines for Wright aeronautics, Colt revolvers, and trains were also produced here. Paterson’s story traces the economic trends that shaped America today.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 18.5 x 26 cm
Publisher name Damiani Editore
Publication date 31 December 2021
Number of pages 128
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 18.5 x 26 cm
Weight 300 g


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Todd R. Darling is an American documentary photographer based in Hong Kong.