Kenyon College

The American Fraternity: An Illustrated Ritual Manual


In recent years, photo books have risen in prominence to become regarded by many as art objects in and of themselves. Prestigious institutions like the New York Public Library and the Smithsonian Institute now collect photo books just as they have been collecting prints in previous years in recognition of the impact these works have on the field of photography. Art critics and art historians engage with them as they would any other artform. The Gund Gallery exhibition The American Fraternity is based on the photo book The American Fraternity: An Illustrated Ritual Manual.  Even though it was published in a small initial run by a regional publisher, the book has garnered a large amount of press coverage because of the way the subject of the book relates to current affairs. To read just a few of these reviews, interviews, and features, follow the links below:

PDN Pulse. “Andrew Moisey Criticized for Sexist Double Standard on Consent in American Fraternity Photos.”

BUST. “Art Book “The American Fraternity” Didn’t Intend To Make A Statement On Consent—But The Women In The Photographs Have Other Thoughts.”

TIME.  “TIME’s 25 Best Photobooks of 2018.”

The Guardian“Sean O’Hagan: Humiliation, homoeroticism, and animal cruelty: inside the frathouse.”

Medium“Boys to Men: A Conversation on Fraternity Culture and Toxic Masculinity with Bill Gaskins and Andrew Moisey.”

Vice“A Peek Inside the Secret, Sick Rituals of America’s Frats.”

TIME“Inside the Wild World of an American Fraternity.”

Musée“The American Fraternity, An Illustrated Ritual Manual”

Artsy“The Unsettling Rituals of Fraternity Life, In Photos.”


The British Journal of Photography“Andrew Moisey Shoots the American Fraternity.”

Cornell Daily Sun“LEUNG: Not Behind Closed Doors.”


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