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 - Books of many faces mark 1993 photography It is...
Books of many faces mark 1993 photography It is a politically risky enterprise these days to try to capture a people people in pictures. '^Even venerable National Geographic Geographic magazine is faulted in one book this year as having systematically put happy faces on Ihe world in order to keep Americ$ns Americ$ns comfortable in their privilege. privilege. Still, a surprising number of photography books in 1993 took shots at it. One of the most provocative is Shelby Lee Adams' "Appalachian Portraits," University of Mississippi Mississippi Press, $45 cloth, $25 paper. These several dozen photographs photographs are disturbing looks at a small portion of still insulated mountain people. It is a world of abject poverty and snake-handling snake-handling religion, so far from the mainstream that a local eccentric known as "The Walker" is free to meander for miles until he passes out from exhaustion. But the photographs give the feeling that one truly has entered another world, not merely gawked at it. Adams, head of photography photography at Salem State College in Massachusetts, grew up not far from these eastern Kentucky folk. He has established a relationship with them by returning each year since his first visit in 1974, giving the people pictures he has taken, and then taking some more. The trust he won from these raw people of the land yields a rare, intimate intimate look at strangers among us. Another uncommon look is provided provided in "VanDerZee: Photographer Photographer 1886-1983," Abrams, 192 pages, $39.95 cloth, monograph for an exhibit at the National Portrait Portrait Gallery of the Harlem portraits portraits and street scenes of James VanDerZee. VanDerZee, living in poverty i>ni/.$«f Cfi when he and his trove of pictures were discovered by the art establishment establishment in 1969, reached local fame between the wars with his portrait work. Unschooled in photography, his work is highly individualistic. And he rankles the police of political political correctness for having almost always photographed his neigh- bors in surroundings that made them look prosperous, even touching up flaws in appearance. VanDerZee, like National Geographic, Geographic, may have been guilty of masking unpleasantries, but his photographs provide an important important historical document and a precocious affirmation of black- American identity. ALL SHOWS BEFORE 6 PM EVERYDAY! NOW ONLY ONLY FOR EVENING SHOWS Markland Mall on US 31 • 457-4457 m* I Starts Friday! ^^ Beverly! Hillbillies That same intention has driven numerous black photographers in recent years, and is the unabashed intent of "The African Americans," Americans," Viking, 240 pages, $45, a look by 26 photojournalists at hard-working, successful blacks that was pushed to completion by businessman Charles Collins in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict. Meanwhile, the growing list of photography books on American Indians added several/volumes this year, most with focuses of limited interest. "^f- : Tops among history books is "The Waking Dream/; Abrams, 384 pages, $50, monograph for a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit exhibit on photography's first 100 years. The head of the family Beethoven Start* Friday! Dally: 4:48, a:48, «:4B Sat-Thura Mat: 13:48,2:48 PACWO-SIANPINN A BRIAN DePALMA Film Thura Mac 1:11 ROBIN WILLIAMS

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  1. The Kokomo Tribune,
  2. 16 Dec 1993, Thu,
  3. Page 15

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