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Bruce W. Buchanan Releases Picture Book

INDIANAPOLIS - A book that features photographs of Indianapolis’s best-known neighborhood is set for release this month. "Broad Ripple, U.S.A., The Quiet Side of the Village" is the work of local photographer and co-owner of Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers, Bruce W. Buchanan.

The 42 carefully selected photographs in the book show moments Bruce captured during his walks through Broad Ripple over a three-year period. The photographer chose subjects he calls “everyday beauty.” He also designed and published the book himself. The Monon Trail is one of the book’s favorite subjects. He even photographed one stretch of the Trail in both summer and winter. Other subjects include a restaurant, a church, a classic car by the post office, and of course Broad Ripple’s iconic symbol, the duck.

“Bruce does an amazing job of spotlighting both Broad Ripple’s iconic places and hidden spaces,” said Brooke Klejnot, Broad Ripple Village Association executive director. “We think it will evoke nostalgia for readers and an eagerness to dig deeper into the Village to find more obscure locations and new places to love. There is so much to discover in Broad Ripple. The book will be a great addition to any Broad Ripple enthusiast’s library and a wonderful gift for anyone just learning about our unique little Village.”

“I’ve been around Broad Ripple my entire life,” Buchanan said. “I’m drawn to it because it has such an authentic feel; it’s part early Indiana, part urban chic, part funky, part small town America.” His family has a condo there where he spends part of the year. Buchanan is also busy photographing other neighborhoods around Indianapolis, possibly for another book.

Buchanan studied photojournalism at Indiana University and worked as a photographer and a picture editor for three daily newspapers almost 30 ago. Today, he photographs regularly, what he calls his “daily visual diary.” His professional life is currently centered on Flanner and Buchanan and the now national Buchanan Group of companies. When he isn’t traveling, greeting guests at one of his company’s events, or in a meeting, he likes to stop the car, take a walk and capture a few moments.

How to purchase the book, plus samples of his poster series entitled “Celebrating Indianapolis,” can be found at

Posted Oct. 2


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