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An insightful meditation on the shifting nature of humans' relationships with the land and with each other, Berry's essay laments the economic, political, and societal changes that have forever altered Kentucky's rich agricultural traditions. Berry also adds a deeply personal perspective to Hall's eloquent visual testimony. With a farm of his own nearby, Berry was a longtime friend and neighbor of the families shown in Hall's pictures and took part in their work swapping. In addition to detailing the repetitive, strenuous labor involved in harvesting a tobacco crop, he relates memories of stories told, laughs shared, meals savored, and brief moments of rest and refreshment well earned. Hall's striking photographs illuminate the characters and events that Berry describes. During the 1973 harvest, he photographed the rows stretching toward the horizon while laborers cut a tobacco crop, one plant at a time, until the last row was cut, hauled, and housed in the barn. These photographs powerfully convey the physical experiences of a Kentucky tobacco harvest: the heat of the sun, the dirt, and the people hard at work.

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ISBN:
9780813123271
Essay:
Hall, James Baker
Author:
Berry, Wendell
Photographer:
Hall, James Baker
Author:
Hall, James Baker
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Location:
Lexington, Ky.
Subject:
Agriculture - Agronomy
Subject:
Tobacco
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Photoessays & Documentaries
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no 1
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
78
Dimensions:
8.50 x 11.00 in

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