Courtesy Shelby Lee Adams / Candela Books

Courtesy Shelby Lee Adams / Candela Books

“Outsiders have often portrayed Appalachia as a sort of rural ghetto, in want of our pity and intervention. But this remarkable collection of portraits by an insider, Shelby Lee Adams, defies the usual shame and condescension by digging deep into the culture and spirit of the place. Adams has an eye for the nuances of the lives and relationships of his people, and a solemn respect for their humanity. The result is a view of Appalachia as a richer, more life-affirming and self-sufficient place than most of us might think.”

—David Walker, executive editor, Photo District News

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