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Film, Video North Mississippi Homeplace: Photographs & Folklife

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  • North Mississippi Homeplace: Photographs & Folklife


  • Photographer and documentary filmmaker Michael Ford discusses a new book, "North Mississippi Homeplace." In the early 1970s, Ford left graduate school and a teaching position in Boston, packed his young family into a van and headed to rural Mississippi, where he spent the next four years recording everyday life through interviews, still photos and film. The project took him to Oxford (in Lafayette County), as well as to Marshall, Panola and Tate counties, to a remote area north of Sardis Lake. His efforts resulted in the award-winning documentary film "Homeplace" (1975), but none of the still photos from this time were ever published. With this illustrated volume, those photos are now available and offer a valuable window onto the rural, local culture of northern Mississippi at that time. The moving photographs in Ford's new book illustrate his experiences as an apprentice to blacksmith Marion Randolph Hall, his visits to Hal Waldrip's General Store in Chulahoma, a day spent with A.G. Newsom and his crew making molasses and Othar Turner's barbecues accompanied by traditional fife-and-drum music. They also captured the evocative landscape of the Mississippi hill country and the everyday lives of its residents. In 2014 the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress acquired Michael Ford's collection of films and photographs documenting grassroots community life in northern Mississippi.

Event Date

  • May 23, 2019
  • Blog post: 'North Mississippi Homeplace': //

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  • 1 hours 2 minutes 43 seconds

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