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Rough Beauty Hardcover – October 1, 2006
In the interview concluding this book, Anderson suggests that the historic photographer he most admires is Dorothea Lange, especially for her images of poor, rural Americans. His pictures taken in little Vidor, Texas, attest the affinity. The people Anderson shows, like those in Lange's famous pictures, are poor and white. Most of the adults have no or too little work; Anderson says they typify the people his economic historian father says have lived for generations as tenuously as many more did only during the Depression. Whereas Lange photographed the poor to call attention and relief to their plight, Anderson aims to disclose the beauty in their lives that arises from their persistent enjoyment of life despite continual hardship. He finds it in the things they create because they can't buy them: a deer-hunter's stand, old boots transformed into planters, a barrel rigged with ropes for children to "bronco"-ride. He finds it in candor of expression, tenderness for pets and infants, and children's play. But it's a rough beauty, all right, especially among the adults. Ray Olson
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The photographer uses the stark realism of b&W photography to capture the essence of the townfolk and their mostly poverty ridden environ.
I recommend this work without reservation.