sheron rupp

appalachia

The work has involved a deep, committed search to find and photograph those people whose lives, to me, are a form of human pathos, exile, and poetic vision. I often feel "at home" with these folks, realizing that certain associations and stories from the pictures come close to biographical parts of my own life.

– Sheron Rupp

With a Guggenheim Grant in 1990, I travelled to desolate small towns where I hungered to talk with and photograph complete strangers. They gave me great sustenance on these solo journeys, for which I am grateful. While there are many stories about my photographs, I maintain that it is the colorful description in the photograph itself which matters most.

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Mennonite Children, Wolcott, VT-1990

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