Since the moment William Ferris's parents gave their twelve-year-old son a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera for Christmas in 1954, Ferris passionately began to photograph his world. He has never stopped. The sixties and seventies were a particularly significant period for Ferris as he became a pathbreaking documentarian of the American South. This beautiful, provocative collection of 100 of Ferris's photographs of the South, taken during this formative period, capture the power of his color photography. Color film, as Ferris points out in the book's introduction, was not commonly used by documentarians during the latter half of the 20th century, but Ferris found color to work in significant ways in the photographic journals he created of his world in all its permutations and surprises.
This author talk is a companion program to the exhibition The South in Color, on view at Margaret Mitchell House September 16, 2017 through Sunday, November 26, 2017.
Admission is $10 for general public, $5 for members, and free to AHC Insiders.