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Pioneer Press photographer Ben Garvin’s new ‘Ant Farm’ collection

I’ve only met Pioneer Press photographer Ben Garvin once, but he sure seems like a nice fellow. And combing through the pages of “Ant Farm,” his new collection of PiPress photographs, you won’t have any reason to doubt his humanity.

Garvin captured images like the one above, adding micro-interviews that have just the right touch — not cutesy, not condescending. He calls them “glimpses of daily life in Minnesota,” but they really stay with you longer than that. Earlier this year, I noted his human touch in this video he did to help homeless youth.

So now it’s time to give a good guy two good plugs. Garvin has a gallery show and book-signing tonight (Thursday), 4:30-6 p.m. at the Pioneer Press, 345 Cedar Street, St. Paul, and you can order the book via Ben’s website — look for the “Ant Farm” menu item. He’ll also be at the Border’s in Rosedale, 7-9 p.m. Friday.

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