Whether they're bored office stiffs, housewives or disgruntled war veterans, the armour-clad members of the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) like to get beaten up the old-fashioned way. From 2003 to 2005, internationally renowned photographer E.F. Kitchen photographed and interviewed the fighters of the SCA on location, using a bespoke, 8x10 bellows camera. What followed was Suburban Knights, a fierce, sepia-toned series of portraits of these 21st-century warriors, lost in time.
E. F. Kitchen's photographs are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art among others. Her work has been published in books including The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 2003), and Flora Photographica (Simon & Schuster, 1991), as well as periodicals such as the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Angeles Magazine, and View Camera.She is based in Venice, CA. Leo Braudy is a professor, and the author of From Chivalry to Terrorism (Vintage, 2005), and The Frenzy of Renown (Vintage, 1997), among other books.He is also the coeditor of the Film Theory and Criticism anthology. His most recent book is On the Waterfront (British Film Institute, 2008) in the BFI Film Classics series, and he is currently working on a book about the intertwined history of Hollywood and the Hollywood sign.