New Delta Rising

Overview

Called "the most southern place on earth," the Mississippi Delta annually attracts thousands of tourists, photographers, and writers to visit this haunting region of open fields, ramshackle houses, and blues music. Their experiences-and those of local documentary artists as well-have led to many articles and books about the Delta. None before, however, has focused so intently upon the people themselves.

Award-winning photographer Magdalena Solé, known for her sensitive ...

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Overview

Called "the most southern place on earth," the Mississippi Delta annually attracts thousands of tourists, photographers, and writers to visit this haunting region of open fields, ramshackle houses, and blues music. Their experiences-and those of local documentary artists as well-have led to many articles and books about the Delta. None before, however, has focused so intently upon the people themselves.

Award-winning photographer Magdalena Solé, known for her sensitive expressions of culture through distinctive color artistry, spent a year interviewing and photographing hundreds of Delta people. She immediately felt a connection to the Delta people, and her honest and heartfelt images in New Delta Rising capture the warmth and sense of community she experienced.

The accompanying narratives by Tom Lassiter further illuminate the moral strength of the people and the spirit they give to the place.

The result is New Delta Rising, a book containing nearly one hundred stunning color photographs and compelling stories about the Delta people and their families. It is a book, Rick Bragg writes in the introduction, where "myth and magic and legend swirl into the real world, and it can be hard to tell where one stops and the other begins."

New Delta Rising is a publication of The Dreyfus Health Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that helps individuals and communities in the Mississippi Delta and throughout the world.

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Editorial Reviews

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"New Delta Rising is a stunning portrait of the Mississippi Delta that captures both the voices and faces of a people, their homes, and their landscape with hauntingly beautiful images. Magdalena Solé is an exceptionally gifted photographer whose rich, color images bring clarity and new understanding to this complex region." --William R. Ferris, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"This book is a tribute to the people of the Mississippi Delta. . . . Getting to know [them] has made me optimistic about facing the challenges of the future. It is my hope that readers of this volume will be heartened and inspired by the lives represented here." --Barry H. Smith, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Dreyfus Health Foundation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617031502
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 12/19/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,029,708
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Magdalena Solé, New York, New York, is a social documentary photographer. She holds a master's of fine art in film from Columbia University.

Rick Bragg, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and critically acclaimed author of several best-selling nonfiction books.

Tom Lassiter, Greensboro, North Carolina, is a writer and editor.

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