The West Behind Us

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The West Behind Us

from 25.00

Self-published, 2014. First edition, second printing of 100. 148 pp., 44 duotone illustrations, 6"x8½".

This collaboration between myself and author Lisa Wells documents four small, rural towns in Oregon – Fields, Mitchell, Long Creek and Halfway – investigating the challenges faced by rural communities in an age of increased urbanization and economic depression. Working in the tradition of WPA era artists James Agee and Walker Evans' Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, the book includes 44 black and white photographs by me, along with extensive interviews with residents and first-person narrative by Lisa Wells. As Dave Blanchard of Oregon Public Broadcasting writes about the project: "The two Portland-based artists understood the challenges of accuracy and exploitation inherent in documenting the lives of others. They traveled to the locations separately, not wanting to come across as offering a definitive account of the towns. They instead focused on their personal connections with the towns and the people who live there." The results are two independent, complementary visions of life in rural America on the cusp of the urban millennium. (Click here to view images from the project (originally titled "The 45th Parallel"), and click here to see pages from the book.)

A special edition of 10 come with an 8"x10" silver gelatin photo printed by me in my darkroom.

softbound - $25 (sold out)
special softbound edition w/ 8"x10" print - $125 (only 2 left!)

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