“Windows to the Blue Ridge and Beyond” | News Roanoke

On February 20, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) opened a new exhibition featuring twenty-three silver sulfide prints by award-winning naturalist photographer and Farmville, native Jack Jeffers. The images depicted in End of an Era: The Photography of Jack Jeffers feature Virginia’s rugged mountain people, weather-beaten structures, and well-hidden Appalachian landscapes. With the prints presented, visitors can read excerpts of stories Jeffers shares about what he saw in Virginia’s Blue Ridge region in the late 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.

“Like many of life’s adventures, my documentation of the Appalachian mountain people was not planned, but evolved through a series of unexpected discoveries,” the 78-year-old Jeffers said. “I realized half way through my journey that I was documenting a way of life that was rapidly disappearing from the rural byways. I might be the only person to have ever photographed some of those people. In fact, I know that to be true about at least a few of them.”

via Photographs are “Windows to the Blue Ridge and Beyond” | News Roanoke.

End of an Era: The Photography of Jack Jeffers will be on display from now until August 26, 2012.

Admission : free

A self published book cataloging the exhibition is available from the museum shop. Since I will not be able to make the exhibition I’ve ordered a copy for my library…

Appalachian Byways: A Photographic Documentary

By Jack Jeffers

Price: $17.95

Through the medium of his photographic art, Jack Jeffers has created a series of stunning pictures depicting in sharp detail the descendants of some of America’s hardiest pioneers, their homesteads, churches, mills, and other landmarks that once were to be found in picturesque profusion on both sides of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and farther west along the inclines of the Alleghenies, including Highland County.

via Appalachian Byways: A Photographic Documentary [VHS Museum Shop].

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