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Capturing the South: Imagining America's Most Documented Region

Scott L. Matthews


This expansive history of documentary work in the South during the twentieth century examines the motivations and methodologies of several pivotal documentarians, including sociologists Howard Odum and Arthur Raper, photographers Jack Delano and Danny Lyon, and music ethnographer John Cohen. It also explores the contentious history of documentary work in Hale County, Alabama, a place immortalized by writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans in their collaborative book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, as well by other documentary artists such as William Christenberry, Martha Young, and J.W. ... More

Keywords: documentary, the South, folk cultures, Hale County, Alabama, Howard Odum, Jack Delano, John Cohen, Danny Lyon, James Agee, Walker Evans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469646459
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646459.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott L. Matthews, author
Florida State College at Jacksonville