The Appalachian Photographs of Earl Palmer
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.
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"An idyllic world of beauty, simplicity, and self-sufficiency is recorded in Palmer's work. . . . Jean Speer's interpretation puts his pictures in context and enhances their already substantial value as artifacts from a disappearing age."—John Egerton
"Palmer carries pictures of Appalachia in his head, and he has scoured the mountains for people and scenes to fill his vision. In her excellent introductory essay, Jean Speer reveals her close knowledge of Palmer and of photography."—Loyal Jones
"A very impressive book."—Middlesboro Daily News
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