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The Appalachian Photographs of Earl Palmer

The Appalachian Photographs of Earl Palmer

Copyright Date: 1990
Edition: 1
Pages: 176
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    The Appalachian Photographs of Earl Palmer
    Book Description:

    For more than fifty years mountain-born Earl Palmer traveled the Southern Appalachians with his camera, recording his personal vision of the mountain people and their heritage. Over these year he created, in several thousand photographs, a distinctive body of work that affirms a traditional image of Appalachia -- a region of great natural beauty inhabited by a self-sufficient people whose lives are notable for simplicity and harmony.

    For this book, Jean Haskell Speer has selected more than 120 representative photographs from Palmer's collection and has written a biographical and critical commentary based on extensive interviews with the photographer. Palmer's photographs, Speer argues, are significant cultural statements that depict not so much a geographical region as a particular idea of Appalachia.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-4930-1
    Subjects: History, Art & Art History, Sociology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-x)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. xi-2)

    One of the most ambitious photographic projects in American history was being widely publicized in 1905, the year Earl Palmer was born. Edward Curtis had begunThe North American Indian, a project that consumed Curtis’s whole life, resulted in twenty published volumes of photographs, and started a still unfinished critical controversy about the relationship between photographs and reality. According to Christopher Lyman’s study of Curtis, Curtis set out to document “the vanishing race” of the North American Indian but succeeded in reinforcing the mythological “imagery of Indianness.”¹ To achieve the desired impression, Curtis frequently posed his subject, provided costume and...

  5. Eternal Mountaineer
    (pp. 3-16)
  6. Portraits
    (pp. 17-28)
  7. Country Roads
    (pp. 29-40)
  8. Making a Home in the Mountains
    (pp. 41-52)
  9. Making a Living
    (pp. 53-78)
  10. Made by Hand
    (pp. 79-102)
  11. Mountain Rituals
    (pp. 103-123)
  12. Bibliography
    (pp. 124-126)
  13. Selected Publications by Earl Palmer
    (pp. 127-128)