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You're Not from Around Here: Photographs of East Tennessee [Hardcover]

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In trying to gain entry to the interior, private world of Southern Appalachia virtually forgotten by the rest of America, photographer Mike Smith would often hear, upon knocking at a door, "You're not from around here." Despite his "outsider" status, Smith, through these beautiful photographs, allows a rare and intimate glimpse of this unique region of America.

With You're Not From Around Here, Smith joins the ranks of those renowned artists who chronicled the American South, including Walker Evans, William Eggleston, William Christenberry, and Eudora Welty, investigating the Southern landscape and unraveling its complexities. Arriving in East Tennessee in 1981 to teach, Smith has spent the past twenty-three years exploring the delicate nuances of life and land that define Southern Appalachia.

Following in the footsteps of its photographic forebears, You're Not From Around Here injects a new voice into the canon that is direct, complex, and mature. Smith found his subjects interspersed throughout his surroundings---the houses, barns, pastures, and fences of the old family farms, and the folks who inhabited them---and then eased his way past the initial barrier of unfamiliarity to create a unique visual study of a vanishing piece of American geography and culture. Smith's enduring images evoke a wide range of powerful emotions, from humor to grief, and reveal the reality behind the stereotypes of rural Southern life.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.3" Width: 10" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   2.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2004
Publisher   Center for American Places
ISBN  193006618X  
ISBN13  9781930066182  

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Not what I thought it was.....  Jun 20, 2005
I purchased this book as a gift thinking that it would show off the beauty of East Tennessee. Instead, I found page after page of the run-down poverty in Appalachia. We all know that those places exist, but what about the Smokies? Cades Cove? Knoxville, Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities? Definitely not what I was looking for.
Art  May 23, 2004
Many of us try and try to express ouselves in so many ways. Mike, because of the turns of his life (the Vietnam War) uses a camera. First look at this book as a record of art peices that you have handy, ready when you need it then let it take you to a gallery or museum that has Mike's work. This work is so huge in the empathy, the love for the people and places and the sheer importance to the vocabulary of art in America that we really have to become familiar with it. Find his work and look at it, you will be more of a human for the effort. I have looked at Mike's pictures for years. I am from this region and I know more from looking at this work, about where I am from and about Art, than I did from living here.
When and Where in the South  May 21, 2004
Mass. Art / Yale Uni. graduate, Mike Smith has taught and photographed the backwoods of northeast Tennessee for over 20 years. Smith moved to Tennessee to teach at East Tennessee University and subsequently feel in love with the area which shows in his photographs. Constantly dealing with being an outsider Smith has responded to his environment with eyes wide open. His photographs are of those stereotypical areas that we all know are out there, but shown with a grace and clarity that is rare in most modern landscape imagery. Who could imagine a chicken could appear so beautiful? Images like these take time, patience and above all a personal connection with the subject matter. This book is an epic view of a region in decline. Southern or not these are fine photographs by a master of his craft.

highly recommended for those that appreciate William Eggleston, Walker Evans and Joel Sternfeld.


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