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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Candela Books (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984573917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984573912
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 10 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joni Kabana on November 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I sat down for a long viewing session of Shelby's newest book, and I found myself getting lost - and found - in those faces. Shelby's extraordinary and long term dedication to the people and culture in these hollers is truly inspiring. Although he is attentive to each and every nuance of how a person expresses themselves, he somehow removes himself from the stance of control once that shutter is about to be released. It is like he simply moves aside and shifts the quest for portrayal to the subject. The portraits are authentic, meaningful and layered. No matter how many times I look at them, I see something new, in both the pictures and also in my own interpretation of them.

Salt and Truth is a lovely book, with a simplicity in design that truly honors the images. It is apparent that each decision regarding paper stock, binding, printing, etc. was a special and deliberate process.

Quiet and compelling, the photographs are in mind as I go about my day, imprinting my encounters in a very wonderful way.

Thank you, Shelby and Candela, for bringing this gift to us all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Shelby Lee Adams is an experienced 60 year old photographer whose ability to capture the flavor and imagery of the Appalachian mountains and peoples is not unlike that of Dorothea Lange's images of the Depression and the Dust Bowl. In this straightforward monograph of black and white images he continues to re-visit Kentucky and environs and there put the people of his photographs so at ease that their combination of humility and pride is reverently honored. These are images of how the people far away from the prosperous big city life reduce their requirements of living to the bare essentials and in doing so they seem ore married to the land than those who have never even strayed into the countryside.

The flavor of his portraits is so very honest. Almost every photograph is of one or several people in simple dress facing the photographer with a sense of both trust and wariness. There are no manufactured stories here. These are people who seem to have simply complied with Adams' request to 'take a picture' and in doing so they show no pretenses of being anywhere but where they are - surviving in a world dependent on the land. These faces, these bodies seem to have endured hardships we cannot imagine, yet there is no sense of pleading for handouts. If anything the people in these pictures give the viewer the sense that if they can survive against the odds facing them, then surely we all can learn to respect our own lives and share the circle of humanity, now informed. Poverty is not a disgrace. Not understanding its presence, in a society so based on 'having', is. Shelby Lee Adams doesn't preach with these images. He doesn't have to! Grady Harp, November 11
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By Castle1 on June 26, 2013
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Perhaps my personal relationship with the author has tainted my opinion, but I honestly do not think so. The narrative accompanying the photos is exceptionally well done and creates a background that completes the picture. An exceptionally well done photo-journalistic work.
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By Amazon Customer on December 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love black and white photography. This book of photographs is very moving,the photographer has done a great job in capturing the personalities of the subjects.
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