What really matters.
In today’s installment of our weeklong symposium featuring artists working in Appalachia, documentary filmmaker and photographer Kate Fowler discusses how proximity to tragedy while filming a snake handling congregation in West Virginia has impacted her work:
cominthroughthepines asked: Hey! I just wanted to say that I really like your stuff! I have been following Stacy Kranitz stuff for about a year now and that's kind of how I came to see your work. Really good stuff! I live just outside of Cumberland Gap, TN, and we have a lot of snake handling churches around here, so when I saw whatever post I just like referencing your work in relation to the pastor you'd been documenting in WV, I couldn't help but read it all!
Thanks so much for reaching out and for the kind words. Stacy’s work is pretty incredible, I’m glad you came upon it!
I’m glad that you enjoy the work! There are some amazing congregations in your area— maybe you’ll check one out some day?
I’m so happy to hear that you read the article and enjoyed it! Means so much… really.
Pinched from the tumblr of Ahorn editor Daniel Augschoell, this is the trailer for photographer Katy Grannan’s debut feature film The Nine, which is an extension of her work in The 99 — a new monograph that charts the arid daily existence of people in the Central Valley of California, where Dorothea Lange worked some eighty years before.
The Nine, Katy Grannan’s first feature length film (release date, Spring 2015) is an intimate portrait of a peripheral and charismatic community in the Central Valley that struggles to find meaning and moments of grace in a hostile environment. Katy Grannan and Hannah Hughes spent three years on South Ninth Street (locally known as The Nine). The filmmakers’ lives intertwine with those of the original subjects of the film, resulting in a tender but conflicted look at the nature of the street and of the artist’s evolving and complex relationship to their subject.
Featuring Bill Callahan’s song “Drover”
Recently I was asked to contribute to a symposium on photographic representation of Appalachia, alongside Roger May, Matthew Newton, Rob Amberg and Stacy Kranitz.
Humbled and honored to have been invited to speak on a panel, ‘Contemporary Photographic Practices in Appalachia’, with amazing folks like Roger May, Jeff Whetstone, Lauren Schneiderman, Jared Hamilton and Stacy Kranitz at the Appalachian Studies Conference.
Photograph by the incredible Rachel Molenda.
Writing from my grandmother’s diary. Thinking of her today and feeling comforted by these words.
"Reality is not a function of the event as event, but of the relationship of that event to past, and future, events."
"You live through… that little piece of time that is yours, but that piece of time is not only your own life, it is the summing-up of all the other lives that are simultaneous with yours. It is, in other words, History, and what you are is an expression of History."
—-Robert Penn Warren, on History