Why a Confrontation Between Photographers and Locals Turned Ugly in Appalachia

April 21, 2015

By Roger May

© Alan Johnston

A photograph of a road sign in McDowell County, West Virginia, by local photographer Alan Johnston. Johnston says he was once confronted by local resident while making landscape pictures, and that a lot of people in McDowell County are "skeptical of anyone doing anything around here." 

On Monday, March 23, in McDowell County, West Virginia, photographer Marisha Camp and her brother Jesse found themselves confronted by an angry and hostile group of folks, who accused them of taking photographs of children without permission. The Camps, who were on the road gathering material for a television show they hope to pitch later this year, were detained and...

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