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James Archambeault's Historic Kentucky

by James Archambeault

Availablecloth$45.00 978-0-8131-2420-9
168 pages  Pubdate: 10/27/2006  10 x 13  141 color photographs

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With a Foreword by Wendell Berry Landscape photography, in a time such as ours when the disappearance of subjects can be unnaturally accelerated, thus becomes extraordinarily poignant and telling. James Archambeault, roaming through Kentucky, photographing its human and natural landscapes, has been working as both a historian and an elegist.""--Wendell Berry, from the foreword Renowned photographer James Archambeault has the rare ability to capture the historic, archival, and artistic aspects of his photographic subjects. His award-winning craft is evident in the careful selection of time, season, and subjects in his beloved Kentucky. In his new book, he preserves the landscapes, buildings, and sights of old Kentucky as many of them fall into neglect, become irreversibly altered, or disappear completely. In addition to his text on the early settlement of Kentucky, Archambeault explains the historic and cultural significance of each the full-color photographs. Some of his subjects are well-preserved historic landmarks, such as White Hall in Madison County and Federal Hill Mansion, also known as “My Old Kentucky Home,” in Bardstown. Others concern the daily life and work of Kentuckians, such as a Sunday afternoon baptism on Jessamine Creek or friends sharing their thoughts on a warm February day in Sharpsburg, Bath County. The passing of a different way of life echoes in photographs of a drive-in theater, mom-and-pop grocery stores, covered bridges, and old farm houses. Archambeault depicts the friction between the historic and future Kentucky, such as grain silos from the early 1930s within view of a new subdivision in Shelby County, or the Joseph Ewing log cabin in Scott County standing on the site of a future industrial park. James Archambeault's Historic Kentucky is a photographic elegy to the scenic treasures of our culture. Including a foreword by Wendell Berry, the book reminds us of our responsibility to serve as stewards for Kentucky's rich history and historic places.

James Archambeault has been an independent photographer for over twenty-five years. He has published five books: James Archambeault's Historic Kentucky, Kentucky, Kentucky II, Kentucky III, and The Gift of Pleasant Hill. His work has appeared in several national publications, including Architectural Digest, National Geographic, and the Smithsonian Guides to Natural America.

Archambeault's work, in words as well as images, is an invaluable a resource as is the land he records. -- Chevy Chaser

The historic and cultural significance of the landscapes, buildings, and sights of old Kentucky as many of them fall into neglect, become altered, or disappear is explained in this photographic elegy to the scenic treasures of Kentucky culture. -- Forecast

A time capsule of Kentucky's beauty. -- Kentucky Monthly

The celebrated photographer captures touchstones of Kentucky's past. -- Knoxville News-Sentinel

Why are Archambeault's photographs so popular? They are the way we envision our state when we're away from it -- Lexington Herald-Leader

Many capture the sheer beauty of Kentucky's landscapes, while others poignantly capture images from a way of life that is fading from the scene, from mom-and-pop country stores to old signs on barns. -- Modern Mountain Magazine