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Native Soil
Native Soil
by Ellen Douglas | Jack Spencer

First Edition. Signed.
Price: $150.00

Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press (1999)

First Edition. Signed.

Introduction by Ellen Douglas.

Near fine in dust jacket. Signed by Jack Spencer.

Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, Jack Spencer has spent much of his life in the South, and in this book he reveals his unparalleled gift for capturing the beauty and fecundity of his native land. His black-and-white images not only display a stunning artistry but also intimate the experience, the life, the history, under each photograph's surface. In his travels taking these photographs, Spencer met many people of various backgrounds white and black, wealthy and poor, joyful and mournful. What he discovered, he says, and what emerges in his photographs, is that every single life is fascinating. Spencer's talent lies in his ability to recognize and evoke the wondrous tales written across the faces of his subjects. Their stories are alternately (or simultaneously) heroic, heartbreaking, humorous, inspiring, or spare, but they are all, without exception, engrossing.

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