Happy Valley is an intimate, strange and quirky family diary chronicling over several years the everyday lives and relationships of typical middle-class kids and teens (my nieces and nephews) as they come of age in the ever-changing but sheltered milieu of contemporary suburban America (in Utah).

I was an average, middle-class kid like my nieces and nephews. We share the same history, and so I document my own history as I photograph theirs. Our history, however, differs drastically from our grandparent's and great-grandparent's, marred by suicide, alcoholism, lack of education, mental illness, poverty, and divorce. Regardless, we're family and this peculiar diary hopes to bridge disparate generations.

— Brian Shumway


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