Award-winning photographer Ken Elkins captures indelibly the lives and landscapes of rural Alabama in this book. This collection of 100 haunting, sometimes humorous, but always deeply honest black-and-white photographs reveals the 42-year career of a master photographer and photojournalist. Ken Elkins retired as chief photographer of the ""Anniston Star"" in 2000, and this selection of his work demonstrates his brilliant eye for finding and capturing images of rural southern lives and landscapes in all their difficulty, candor, and humour. These are unadorned images of a timeless landscape and proud resourceful people, who know well their neighbours, honour their past, and face the tests of daily life with wit and a stoic sense of endurance. As Rick Bragg, the Pulitzer Prize - winning author and journalist who worked with Elkins on many assignments, says of Elkins's work: ""The old scenes are gone, or going...and the people are different, less likely to be in overalls and print dresses, less likely to carve a silver of tobacco off a sweet-smelling plug of Brown Mule. So we try to remember, imperfectly. But not Elkins...He and his camera have found value in their lives that so many others - a world full - were unable to see. I have worked beside the very, very best. But I only know one picture taker. When he turns his lens on the mostly rural, mostly poor pockets of his native Alabama, something beautiful happens. He draws out the dignity and loveliness that is in these people, and spreads it out for the rest of the world to see.
Ken Elkins retired as chief photographer of the Anniston Star in 2000 after a 42-year career in photojournalism that included work at the Huntsville Times and numerous awards from the Associated Press, the Alabama Press Association, and the Press Photographers Association. Rick Bragg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of All over but the Shoutin', Somebody Told Me, Ava's Man, and I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story. Basil Penny is retired Associate Editor of the Anniston Star, where he continues to write features for the paper.