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2007’s Most Popular in Print: Photography

2007’s Most Popular in Print: Photography

read the PHOTOGRAPHY ISSUE onlineSOUTHERN CULTURES VOLUME 13, NUMBER 2: PHOTOGRAPHY

Read it online through Project Muse.

Front Porch

by Harry L. Watson
    “The best photographs freeze time with more depth than the cheap pangs of nostalgia, capturing the pain as well as the wonder that wells up in the tension between our ‘now’ and the picture’s ‘then.’ And the mixture of pain and wonder is a southern specialty.”

IntroductionThe Injuries of Time and Weather
by Tom Rankin
“Photographs in the South have reflected the patterns and vicissitudes of the weather, both climatic and social-political, throughout our history. And no region’s photographic tradition has been more engaged in, maybe even obsessed with, exploring and reflecting the injuries and scars of time—brought on more specifically by war, bondage, discrimination, class conflicts, and the ravages of nature, to name a few forces—than photography in the American South.”

InterviewWalker Evans, 1974
by William R. Ferris
“I approach these things as a moralist, really, because honesty and truth are moral values, but beauty is something else. And it’s a word that should be used damn carefully.”

ESSAYS

O. N. Pruitt’s Possum Town
The ‘Modest Aspiration and Small Renown’ of a Mississippi Photographer, 1915-1960

by Berkley Hudson
    “He documented tornadoes and floods of biblical proportions, a fire at a cotton mill and fires in the downtown business district, train wrecks and celebrities such as world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey and Columbus native son playwright Tennessee Williams, the parents of celebrated writer Truman Capote.”

PHOTO ESSAYS

Sam F. Vance, Jr., “Character-Taker”
The Faces of Small-Town and Rural North Carolina, 1930s-1940s

by Rah Bickley
 ”He wasn’t a professional photographer, but he was Kernersville’s unofficial documentarian, and the hundreds of images he left behind portray a small Piedmont North Carolina community in the 1930s and 1940s.”

Hanging on and Holding out in New Orleans after Katrina
photographs and narratives by Thomas Neff

with an introduction by Moira Crone
 ”‘You’d better turn on CNN; looks like your house is on fire.’”

Death Row in Texas and the Cummins Prison Farm in Arkansas
by Bruce Jackson
 ”I was living in Boston and Buffalo in those years, and no prison director in either of those states ever let me beyond the sally port without a guard watching me every moment and listening to every word I said or that anyone said to me. Neither of those states let me bring a camera inside.”

FEATURES

Mason-Dixon Lines Huddle Brothers; Ivanhoe, Virginia; Circa 1963
poetry by David Huddle
 ”. . . someone picks up
a snapshot and says, just before
tossing it to oblivion, ‘My god,
who are these quaint people?’”

BOOKS

Wilber W. Caldwell
Searching for the Dixie Barbecue: Journeys into the Southern Psyche

reviewed by John Shelton Reed
 ”Those photographs. . . there are ninety-some. . . would make a good coffee-table book in their own right.”