Fonville Winans' Louisiana: Politics, People, and Places

Fonville Winans' Louisiana: Politics, People, and Places

by Cyril E. Vetter



LSU Press

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Prior to his death in 1992, Winans took thousands of photographs of Louisiana's politicians, people, and scenery. This collection of over 100 of his photographs, with commentary by businessman and attorney Vetter, consists primarily of work from the 1930s and 1940s. It is accompanied by a compact disc containing, along with other selections, songs performed by former Louisiana governors Huey Long and Jimmie Davis. Winans's formal studio portraits of political figures are sometimes excessively flattering and reveal little of the subjects' character. But his other work effectively captures the ambiance and culture of French South Louisiana. Some of Winans's best work is also displayed in Myron Tassin's We Are Acadians: Nous Sommes Acadiens (1976). Winans was clearly one of the most talented regional photographers America has produced. For general readers and library photography collections.-Thomas H. Ferrell, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette
Some 128 b&w photos by celebrated regional photographer Fonville Winans (1911-1992) span a period of nearly 40 years and depict the politicians, ordinary citizens, and exotic locales of Louisiana. Vetter, an aficionado of Winans' work, presents the photos with text that blends biographical fact, historical anecdotes, and personal recollections of what it was like to grow up in the Louisiana shown in the photos. Accompanying the book is a CD that includes the spoken- word recording of Earl K. Long's speeches and interviews, Huey P. Long singing "Every Man a King," and other musical selections significant to Louisiana's past. 9.5x13" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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