The South in Color : A Visual Journal
by William Ferris and Tom Rankin


Overview - Since the moment William Ferris's parents gave their twelve-year-old son a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera for Christmas in 1954, Ferris passionately began to photograph his world. He has never stopped. The sixties and seventies were a particularly significant period for Ferris as he became a pathbreaking documentarian of the American South.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Since the moment William Ferris's parents gave their twelve-year-old son a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera for Christmas in 1954, Ferris passionately began to photograph his world. He has never stopped. The sixties and seventies were a particularly significant period for Ferris as he became a pathbreaking documentarian of the American South. This beautiful, provocative collection of 100 of Ferris's photographs of the South, taken during this formative period, capture the power of his color photography. Color film, as Ferris points out in the book's introduction, was not commonly used by documentarians during the latter half of the twentieth century, but Ferris found color to work in significant ways in the photographic journals he created of his world in all its permutations and surprises.

The volume opens with images of his family's farm and its workers--family and hired--southeast of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The images are at once lyrical and troubling. As Ferris continued to photograph people and their homes, churches, and blues clubs, their handmade signs and folk art, and the roads that wound through the region, divisive racial landscapes become part of the record. A foreword by Tom Rankin, professor of visual studies and former director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, provides rich insight into Ferris's work.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781469629681
  • ISBN-10: 1469629682
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 144
  • Dimensions: 9.62 x 7.97 x 0.66 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.53 pounds

Series: H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman

Related Categories

Books > Photography > Photoessays & Documentaries
Books > History > United States - State & Local - South
Books > History > United States - State & Local - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-07-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

Photographer and scholar Ferris (The Storied South) takes a folkloric look at the New South in the 1960s and 1970s through color photographs that capture the soulful character of a community and the ambition of a young, curious photographer who’s using his camera to better understand the people and place he calls home. He divides the photos into five sections, beginning with warm, exuberant photos of life on the farm where he grew up in Vicsburg, Miss. The next photos explore the larger Mississippi region, with sections on portraits, buildings, handmade color, and roads. The book reveals Ferris’s natural and direct eye, with each section growing in narrative power and scope that “unleashes their visual voice and allows them to achieve a sense of motion and story.” Lyrical and sensitive, the photos reveal a dichotomy between tradition and change, rich and poor, black and white, tracking race relations in the South. Color photos. (Sept.)

 
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