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Of the Soil - Photographs of Vernacular Architecture and Stories of Changing Times in Arkansas (Hardcover): Geoff Winningham Of the Soil - Photographs of Vernacular Architecture and Stories of Changing Times in Arkansas (Hardcover)
Geoff Winningham
R1,299 R1,154 Discovery Miles 11 540 Save R145 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In 1980, photographer Geoff Winningham and architect Cyrus Sutherland traveled extensively throughout Arkansas to locate and photograph examples of southern American vernacular architecture. They were working on a commission from the First Federal Savings and Loan of Arkansas, and after a year they had finished their project. But, with their interest piqued and enjoying their collaboration, they continued on with the project in hopes of amassing a collection of photographs of vernacular architecture from every region of the state.
For two more years, Sutherland continued helping Winningham find every possible "dogtrot house, wood frame church, octagonal barn, and one-of-a-kind hog house" in the state. By 1983 Winningham had photographed over three thousand structures, and the architect and photographer put the collection aside and moved on to other projects.
Three decades later, after Sutherland had died, Winningham reopened his archive of Arkansas photographs, found his interest rekindled, and decided to return to the sites of the structures he had photographed. Most of the buildings, he discovered, had disappeared due to fires, storms, or neglect. But while Winningham was unable to find many of the structures he had photographed, what he did find were local people who remembered them. The stories of these local people join the original photographs in Of the Soil in a remarkable fusion that shows us much about the culture of the American South.

Going Back to Galveston - Nature, Funk, and Fantasy in a Favorite Place (Paperback): M. Jimmie Killingsworth Going Back to Galveston - Nature, Funk, and Fantasy in a Favorite Place (Paperback)
M. Jimmie Killingsworth; Photographs by Geoff Winningham
R724 R615 Discovery Miles 6 150 Save R109 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this witty, thoughtful, and clear-eyed look at a place that has engaged the imaginations and energies of generations of Galvestonians, Texans, and others, writer M. Jimmie Killingsworth and photographer Geoff Winningham reflect on the various Galvestons--virtual and real, natural and artificial--that compete and overlap to create a location, a destination, and the defining experiences associated with "going to Galveston."
From the tepid, still waters and steamy beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast to the computerized, air-conditioned seductions of places like Moody Gardens and the Rainforest Cafe, Galveston offers a wide array of opportunities for observation of the frequently ironic interplay of human and natural history. Killingsworth's affectionate, wry prose and Winningham's distinctive, surprising images offer a unique tribute to Galveston's past, present, and future: a barrier island that once hosted native peoples, shipwrecked Spaniards, and buccaneers; a birding hotspot that draws nature watchers from all over the world to its estuarine and bay habitats; a hurricane-buffeted city built for tourism, with a storied--sometimes shady--nightlife, a restored historic downtown district, and a trucked-in beach.
"Going Back to Galveston" is a deeply personal meditation on why and how people relate to the places they love. With Killingsworth and Winningham as your guides, explore the multisensory realities: bays and beaches, birding and fishing; grand hotels and Victorian mansions alongside tumbledown docks and sleazy bars; glitzy, modern palaces of recreation and posh eateries competing with fast-food joints and vendors of tourist trinkets. "Going Back to Galveston" is an excursion you can carry in your hand--one you'll want to take again and again.

Along Forgotten River - Photographs of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel, 1997?2001, With Accounts of Early Travelers... Along Forgotten River - Photographs of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel, 1997?2001, With Accounts of Early Travelers to Texas, 1767?1858 (Hardcover)
Geoff Winningham
R3,051 Discovery Miles 30 510 Out of stock

For more than five years award-winning photographer Geoff Winningham explored and photographed Buffalo Bayou, the Houston Ship Channel, and the landscape he found along the way. As he hiked and canoed the course of this historic stream, he found pristine stretches of the bayou still untouched by the encroaching city of Houston. He also found areas where the forces of nature and those of the growing city seemed to struggle for supremacy. He revisited sites of historic importance, such as Allen's Landing, where the city was founded in 1836, and the San Jacinto Battlefield, where Texas won its independence in the same year. In Along Forgotten River, Winningham has sequenced eighty of his striking, large-format black-and-white photographs, following Buffalo Bayou from its source in the Katy Prairie through the suburbs and into the inner city of Houston. From there, his stunning duotone photographs follow the bayou east to its confluence with the San Jacinto River, where it becomes the Houston Ship Channel, crosses Galveston Bay, and enters the Gulf of Mexico. As a counterpoint to his photographs, Winningham has edited and sequenced passages from the written accounts of the earliest travelers to this part of Texas. Impelled by dreams or curiosity, an incredibly diverse lot of travelers came along the roads and streams of Texas in the preceding centuries. There were Spanish friars and itinerant preachers, prospective settlers, refugees, adventurers, exiles, and naturalists. Some travelers came with their families, looking for a place to settle. Mrs. Dilue Harris was one of these who came to Texas in the early 1830s. In her "Reminiscences," she recalled a night on Buffalo Bayou: "We were surrounded by wolves and water. There was a large sycamore tree that stood in the water near us, and it was as white as snow. The buzzards roosted in it. We could hear owls hoot all night. Mother said it was a night of horrors. . . . She said the owls were singing a funeral dirge, and the wolves and buzzards were waiting to bury us. . . ." In Along Forgotten River, Winningham has selected passages from the writings of these and other early travelers and interwoven them with his remarkable and beautiful photographs. The result is a complex and fascinating interplay of pictures and words, of historical perspective and present-day observation.

In the Eye of the Sun - Mexican Fiestas (Paperback, 1st ed): Jean Marie Gustave Le-Clezio, Richard Rodriguez, Geoff Winningham In the Eye of the Sun - Mexican Fiestas (Paperback, 1st ed)
Jean Marie Gustave Le-Clezio, Richard Rodriguez, Geoff Winningham; Photographs by Geoff Winningham
R549 R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Save R38 (7%) Out of stock

The fiestas provide tangible links to the pre-Hispanic cultures of middle America, intertwining some of the great Pagan festivals of these ancient peoples with catholic ritual and tradition. In the Eye of the Sun is a remarkable visual chronicle of Mexican life. The book also includes an introduction by Richard Rodriguez and an essay by J.M.G. Le Clezio.

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