The Appalachian Photographs of Earl Palmer
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky
Sales Date: 01/23/1990
For more than fifty years mountain-born Earl Palmer traveled the Southern Appalachians with his camera, recording his personal vision of the mountain people and their heritage. Over these year he created, in several thousand photographs, a distinctive body of work that affirms a traditional image of Appalachia—a region of great natural beauty inhabited by a self-sufficient people whose lives are notable for simplicity and harmony.
For this book, Jean Haskell Speer has selected more than 120 representative photographs from Palmer's collection and has written a biographical and critical commentary based on extensive interviews with the photographer. Palmer's photographs, Speer argues, are significant cultural statements that depict not so much a geographical region as a particular idea of Appalachia.
Palmer has given us the best view we will ever have of life and work in the Southern Appalachians.... His magnificent collection of photographs preserves the old way of life for us to study and ponder.~Harry Caudill
An idyllic world of beauty, simplicity, and self-sufficiency is recorded in Palmer's work.... Jean Speer's interpretation puts his pictures in context and enhances their already substantial value as artifacts from a disappearing age.~John Egerton
Palmer carries pictures of Appalachia in his head, and he has scoured the mountains for people and scenes to fill his vision. In her excellent introductory essay, Jean Speer reveals her close knowledge of Palmer and of photography.~Loyal Jones
A very impressive book.~Middlesboro Daily News