Blaise’s December Recommendation

oxford-projectThe Oxford Project by Peter Feldstein

“I was fascinated by this book.”

Publisher’s Summary: “In 1984, photographer Peter Feldstein set out to photograph every single resident of his town, Oxford, Iowa (pop. 676). He converted an abandoned storefront on Main Street into a makeshift studio and posted fliers inviting people to stop by. At first they trickled in slowly, but in the end, nearly all of Oxford stood before Feldstein’s lens. Twenty years later, Feldstein decided to do it again. Only this time he invited writer Stephen G. Bloom to join him, and together they went in search of the same Oxford residents Feldstein had originally shot two decades earlier. Some had moved. Most had stayed. Others had passed away. All were marked by the passage of time.

In a place like Oxford, not only does everyone know everyone else, but also everyone else’s brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, lovers, secrets, failures, dreams, and favorite pot luck recipes. This intricate web of human connections between neighbors friends, and family, is the mainstay of small town American life, a disappearing culture that is unforgettably captured in Feldstein’s candid black-and-white portraiture and Bloom’s astonishing rural storytelling.”

You can find this title in the library at call number 977.7655 FEL.  Find this title in the library catalog.

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One thought on “Blaise’s December Recommendation

  1. This book was astonishingly interesting, almost gripping. I read every word and often went back to cross-reference an individual. Thanks for putting this title out there, I feel enriched by spending time with it.

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