"These 143 black-and-white images, chosen by Sills from the thousands she took, show the Tooles coping with their impoverished existence in dilapidated homes, porches, and yards. The photographs, mainly taken with a Polaroid camera, are accompanied by the subjects' own tape-recorded comments, including one family member's intimate thoughts expressed in touchingly simple poetry. . . . Her book is an honest portrayal of daily life in the present-day rural South, seen through the life of a single family."
From the thousands of images taken over the years on their front porches and in their homes and yards, Sills has selected 143 portraits documenting the daily lives of four generations of this large southern family and combined them with interviews, correspondence, and the heartfelt poems of Tina Toole Truelove. The resulting book is an artful mix of vivid images richly contextualized by Sills’s own passionately held cultural and artistic values. One Family captures the essence, the individuality, and the mystery of this vital extended family in today’s rural South.
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