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Miller started working on the Fair Culture project in August 2005 with a series of photographs of 4-H participants at the poultry and rabbit barns of the Indiana State Fair. Over the next few years he expanded it to include many county fairs in Indiana. In addition to the photographs, the book includes an essay by Gerald Waite exploring the history of fairs from the Middle Ages to modern times and what fair culture says about those who participate in this annual ritual of midwestern life.
Harold Lee Miller has also been chosen as the 2012 Artist in Residence at the Indiana State Fair, with an exhibit of photographs from the book on permanent display during the fair from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 to Aug. 19 in the artist-in-residence gallery.