- Series: Series in Contemporary Photography (Book 4)
- Hardcover: 151 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (February 20, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520246543
- ISBN-13: 978-0520246546
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,748,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coal Hollow: Photographs and Oral Histories (Series in Contemporary Photography, Vol. 4) First Edition
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I'm from Southern West Virginia and there are some harsh conditions being lived through but this photo shows that the photographers working on this were look for the shock factor of the Orwellian aspect*which they mention in the preface) and not a true look into the lives and culture of people living in this area.
It would also be nice if they took a photo or two of communities and lives that aren't so starkly different from those around the country, to not further the negative stereotypes and impressions of West Virginia and it's people.
I do think there are plenty of interesting images in the book and it does remind me of home. Its a conversation piece for visiting friends, but mostly conversations about outsiders trying to cash in on the less fortunate and tell a story, whether it be true or not.
This book would have been an accurate representation of coal mining in Appalachia in the 1920's, but it is grossly misrepresenting of this way of life as it exists today and it plays off some of the worst stereotypes of Appalachia including toothless hillbillies and Klansmen. Contemporary coal mining is dangerous work, and always will be, but mineworkers are well paid highly trained individuals who take pride in their ability to survive lean times.
Anyone interested in Appalachia should forego this piece of garbage, get in a car and go see it for themselves.