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Reconstruction Period Research Forum

Sharecroppers Exhibition: Harsh Story

Cleanly matted black and white photographs line the walls of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Faces of Alabama tenant farmers and their families stare out from behind the glass.

"They're haunting," museum member Martha Lockett said of the photographs.

Sunday, Lockett and her husband were among a dozen who came to see the exhibition of "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," the title of a book written by James Agee with photographs by Walker Evans.

In the era of the Great Depression, Agee and Evans documented the life of three Hale County sharecroppers for Fortune magazine. Although Fortune never published the work, Agee later turned the material into a book, which was published in 1941.

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Curatorial assistant Emily Thomas leads a tour of original photographs by Walker Evans on Sunday at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition is of "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," a book written by James Agee for which photos by Evans were used.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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