Lucas Foglia, A Natural Order (Tennessee and Virginia)
Lisa McCord, from her series Rotan Switch, life on a cotton farm in Northern Arkansas
"There were no formerly heroic times, and there was no formerly pure generation. There is no one here but us chickens, and so it has always been: A people busy and powerful, knowledgeable, ambivalent, important, fearful, and self-aware; a people who scheme, promote, deceive, and conquer; who pray for their loved ones, and long to flee misery and skip death. It is a weakening and discoloring idea, that rustic people knew God personally once upon a time— or even knew selflessness or courage or literature— but that it is too late for us. In fact, the absolute is available to everyone in every age. There never was a more holy age than ours, and never a less."
Annie Dillard, For the Time Being
Jo Ann Walters, Vanity + Consolation, 1986–1984
Walters photographed women and children along the Mississippi from the Midwest to the South
Houston Cofield, Common Ground, Sardis Lake, Mississippi, the place that inspired Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County
From the Alan Lomax collection in the Library of Congress, c. 1935
Eliot Dudik, Still Lives
Emmet Gowin (above) and Dorothea Lange (two below)
"probably by that time he had learned that there were three things and no more: breathing, pleasure, darkness; and without money there could be no pleasure, and without pleasure it would not even be breathing but mere protoplasmic inhale and collapse of blind unorganism in a darkness where light never began."
William Faulkner, from Absalom, Absalom!