Shelby Lee Adams: An Ode to Appalachia

January 6, 2012

By ShelLee Adams

© Shelby Lee Adams

"Tammy with Catfish," 2003 by Shelby Lee Adams.

For four decades, Shelby Lee Adams has been photographing the people of Appalachia. He explains in the introduction to his most recent book, Salt & Truth, how Appalachian culture has shaped not only his work, but also his convictions about photographers’ obligations to their subjects. This excerpt is reprinted with his permission. My photography of this culture—my culture—has developed over...

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