Photographer Interviews

Picturing the Many Voices of Appalachia Postelection

May 1, 2017

© Nancy Andrews

Coal mining and rural poverty dominate national media narratives about Appalachia, but “100 Days, 100 Voices” shows a more complex and diverse picture. Roland “Smiley” Shambaugh, 82, became restless in retirement, so he took a job hauling water from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.

Major media outlets were asking themselves after the 2016 presidential election how they had underestimated the support for Donald Trump. And the simple answer, if there is one, is that they weren’t listening enough to average citizens, especially those outside major U.S. cities. But the election results were less surprising to photographer Nancy Andrews and her colleagues at West Virginia...

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