Larry & Marg O’Neil – Collectors’ IslandSeptember 14, 2019 6:01 pm
Larry and Marg O’Neil have been obsessed with cast-iron cookware since the early 1990s. Now they’ve amassed some fourteen thousand pieces in their collection – forty-two tons (38,000 kilos) of sand-cast ferrous metal that they’ve wrangled back to their property in Tacoma, just south of Seattle.
“What is it that makes people collect things? Larry and Marge will tell you the fun of it is finding something nobody else has found. Driving a bargain. And, they say, “We’ve met so many good people.” They are active members of the Griswold & Cast Iron Collectors Club. They go to every convention. They host members at their home. Every story Larry and Marge tell—and there are many—is as much about the person they bartered with as the pieces they added to their collection. There was the undertaker in North Carolina. The cop in Erie. Bob Mosier out in Pennsylvania. It is no coincidence that the family museum is room upon room of practical objects, real things, things people use to iron their clothes and heat baby formula and feed their family and friends.” – Kevin Dupzyk
Each year the Genevan watchmaker Vacheron Constantin releases an art book titled Collectors’ Island, this year I photographed the entire book and this is one of ten stories included.
Many thanks to Bradley Seymour for the invaluable creative direction, and to Lara Lo Calzo for her exceptional work as Editorial Manager. Captions were written by Kevin Dupzyk.
I keep looking at these pictures and it feels like a new sensation to my eyes. Your photos always a sense of hyper-realism to me–like I can see more in your pictures, than I ever could if I were see your images in real life.
That incredible sensation is so heightened in this context because I don’t think I’ve ever seen you take pictures of such a large-scale collection.
How the HELL do you get EVERYTHING in such pristine focus?!
(Don’t answer that. I don’t want you to ruin the mystery.)