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Appalachian Portraits, Adams, Shelby Lee; Smith, Lee

Author    Adams, Shelby Lee; Smith, Lee

Title   Appalachian Portraits

Binding   Large Hardcover

Book Condition   Near Fine

Jacket Condition   Near Fine

Edition   First Edition

Publisher    University Press of Mississippi 1993

ISBN Number    9.78088E+12

Illustrator   Adams, Shelby Lee

Inscription   Signed by author. Signed by illustrator

Seller ID   2198568

First edition. Signed by both Adams (on flyleaf) and Smith (on title page) without inscription. Page edges very faintly toned, jacket spine slightly faded. 1993 Large Hardcover. [108] pp. A collection of photographs depicting the culture of Appalachia, with text by award-winning novelist Lee Smith. Thought a bit less stark than the images included in James Agee's famous novel Now Let Us Praise Famous Men, there are echoes of it here. A native of eastern Kentucky, Smith who heads the photography program at Salem State College, here collects 50 black-and-white portraits that provide intimate glimpses of mountain people cut off from the modern mainstream. These Appalachian Kentuckians reveal a grim, hardscrabble dignity. The large families Adams visits crowd their porches for group portraits, nearly bursting out of the photographer's frame, but few members are smiling. Several photographs hint at much deeper stories: one family scene includes a midget adult in a diaper; another, in a dirt yard in front of a trailer, pictures a worn woman with a misspelled homemade tattoo: Born to Loose. - Publishers Weekly

Price = 250.00 USD

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