'Seniors love this town - youngsters don't, ' says Bill Sorensen, mayor of Bismarck in the plains of North Dakota.
Well, the nearest place for a rock concert is 180 miles away, and where should that be but Fargo, of Coen Brothers fame. But the 50,000 strong town (100 churches,10 bars, no sex shops) has the lowest crime rate in the US. Its connection with German chancellor Otto von Bismarck is explained as a canny ploy to attract German investment - which never came.
For this book, that connection hardly matters; it's a pretext for Dirk Reinartz to document a 'typical'American small town and question or confirm its cliches. In his photos, Bismarck's streets are almost empty: those seniors must be catching up on some sleep.