Nathan Hackett / Under the big tent

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Nathan Hackett was inspired by a day the illustrator spent at the circus observing a circus troupe.  His character studies of performers honing their craft and their acts—without an audience—shows ringmaster, clown, magician, even acrobats, doing the everyday from having a bite to eat to checking messages on a smartphone.

Hackett’s behind the scenes approach to the fanfare shows us the main characters in the circus when the theatrics of a performance are stripped away.


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