January 24, 2011

A Few Words On James Baker Hall

I know--the blog's getting a bit Berry heavy these days. I just keep running into these gold mines of people and photographs and writings and there he is. Like James Baker Hall's website. Sorting through some of his work I came across this incredible slideshow of the Wendell, Den, and neighbors harvesting tobacco at Lanes Landing probably in the 70's. And those great shots of Wendell and Gurney (see below)--that was J.B. Hall's lens. So here's a tribute to Mr. Hall, a profound thinker and genius artists from the hills of Kentucky. Here's a bio from his site:

James Baker Hall (1935-2009), significantly known for his work as a writer, was a former Poet Laureate of Kentucky and the author of many essential works of southern literature. He was an equally prolific art photographer, lecturing widely on the medium. He was a former contributing editor for Aperture, and his own work published in over half a dozen collections of photographs. He was a member of the famed Lexington Camera Club and the trusted colleague of such photographers as Minor White, Richard Benson, and Ralph Eugene Meatyard. His photographs are part of public and private art holdings, including the permanent collections of University of Kentucky Art Museum in Lexington, KY and 21C Museum in Louisville, KY.

Wendell Berry

Anne Frey

Ed McClanahan

Gurney Norman

Wendell Berry and Gurney Norman

Wendell Berry harvesting

(Photos and bio via www.jamesbakerhall.com)

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