James Archambeault's Historic Kentucky

By James Archambeault; James Archambeault (Photographer); Wendell Berry (Foreword by)
(University Press of Kentucky, Hardcover, 9780813124209, 153pp.)

Publication Date: October 2006

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Renowned photographer James Archambeault has the rare ability to capture the historic, archival, and artistic aspects of his photographic subjects. His award-winning craft is evident in the careful selection of time, season, and subjects in his beloved Kentucky. In his new book, he preserves the landscapes, buildings, and sights of old Kentucky as many of them fall into neglect, become irreversibly altered, or disappear completely. In addition to his essay describing the early settlement of Kentucky, Archambeault explains the historical and cultural significance of each of the more than 100 color photographs. Some of these subjects are well-preserved historic landmarks, such as White Hall in Madison County and "My Old Kentucky Home" in Bardstown. Others support the daily life and work of Kentuckians, such as a Sunday afternoon celebration of a baptism in Jessamine Creek or friends sharing their thoughts on a warm February day in Sharpsburg, Bath County. The passing of a previous way of life resonates in photographs of a drive-in theater, mom-and-pop grocery store, covered bridges, and old farm houses. Archambeault captures the friction between the historic Kentucky and its future, such as grain silos from the 1930s standing within view of a new subdivision in Shelby County or the Joseph Ewing log cabin in Scott County bordering the site of a future industrial park. James Archambeault's Historic Kentucky is a photographic elegy to the scenic treasures of our culture. Including a foreword by Wendell Berry, the book also reminds us of our responsibility to serve as stewards for Kentucky's rich history and historic places.




About the Author
James Archambeault has been an independent photographer for over twenty-five years. He has published five books: "James Archambeault's" "Historic Kentucky, Kentucky, Kentucky II, Kentucky III," and "The Gift of Pleasant Hill," His work has appeared in several national publications, including "Architectural Diges""t," "National Geographic, "and the "Smithsonian Guides to Natural America,"


James Archambeault has been an independent photographer for over twenty-five years. He has published five books: "James Archambeault's" "Historic Kentucky, Kentucky, Kentucky II, Kentucky III," and "The Gift of Pleasant Hill," His work has appeared in several national publications, including "Architectural Diges""t," "National Geographic, "and the "Smithsonian Guides to Natural America,"


A prolific nonfiction writer, novelist, and journalist, Gene Logsdon has published more than two dozen books, both practical and philosophical. Gene's nonfiction works include Holy Shit, Small-Scale Grain Raising, Living at Nature's Pace, The Contrary Farmer's Invitation to Gardening, Good Spirits, and The Contrary Farmer. His most recent novel is Pope Mary and the Church of Almighty Good Food. He writes a popular blog, The Contrary Farmer, as well as an award-winning column for the Carey Ohio Progressor Times, and is a regular contributor to Farming Magazine and Draft Horse Journal. He lives and farms in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. You can visit his blog at http: //thecontraryfarmer.wordpress.com/.
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