Kelty was the Cecil B. DeMille of circus photographers, at times assembling as many as one thousand circus performers for spectacular group shots. Particularly popular were his annual "Congress of Freaks" photographs, which gathered together the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus sideshow attractions-from Ajax the sword swallower to Eko and Iko, the "ambassadors from Mars"- for a "class picture." He sold these group photos - as well as prints depicting individual performers, circus lots, and big top interiors - to circus owners, performers and fans. A Flash of Light is an hour long documentary that chronicles the life and work of EJ Kelty from his war years through the depression, up to his unheralded death in Chicago in 1967. Bonus features allow you to scroll through a slidshow of E.J. Kelty's photographs.
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