The Face of Appalachia: Portraits from the Mountain Farm is the culmination of over 25 years of work by acclaimed photographer Tim Barnwell. His remarkable black-and-white images, taken with a vintage 4x5 inch view camera, show us scenes of farming, hunting, religious activities, people working with oxen and horses, carrying on traditional handcrafts, and of daily life. Combining beautiful landscapes with tender portraits, he provides a stunning picture of a vanishing way of life on the remote mountain farms of rural Appalachia.
Over 100 photographs, printed here in elegant duotone reproductions, are combined with conversations with the subjects, to give us an insight into the daily lives, religious activities, family histories, and dreams of the hard working, proud, and resourceful men and women of this unique area of our country.
The rugged and remote mountains of the southern Appalachian region have served to isolate and preserve the last vestiges of life as it once was throughout rural America. Transcending their geographical origins, these photographs capture this way of life and remind us of what it was once like on farms across this country. We are given a look at how our forefathers lived for generations, with seemingly little change, in the decades before modern industry, roads, communication, and technology transformed the country and then to the information age we live in today.
By documenting this disappearing way of life, Mr. Barnwell has captured the essence, beauty, and rugged character of the rural landscape and its people, for this and the future generations.