The trust between photographer and subject that developed over that time is evident. Quintana took her time learning the lineage of these circus families. She presents them not as freaks or compulsives, but as workers in a private, insular, now almost-extinct world.
— Mona Simpson author of Anywhere But Here, excerpt from introduction to Circus: A Traveling Life
Norma I. Quintana’s first art book represents a decade-long collaboration with the families of circus artists and performers of an American, traveling one-ring circus. In rich detail, she has captured candid moments behind the curtain as these performers proudly perfect their craft. Designed by Yolanda Cuomo of New York and published by Damiani Editore of Italy, Circus: A Traveling Life features nearly a hundred full-page, luminous black and white portraits, reproduced in duotones by master printer, Robert Hennessey. Also featured is an introduction by Mona Simpson and a personal essay from the photographer on her experience with the circus.