Take Me to the Water.
Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950.
Text by Luc Sante, Jim Linderman, Steven L. Ledbetter.
96 pp., 75 duotone illustrations, 8¾x6".
Making the past vividly present once again, Grammy winners Dust-to-Digital unveil Take Me to the Water, a revelatory examination of baptismal rites and music. Comprising a beautiful hardcover book and a CD featuring rare, vintage songs and sermons recorded between 1924-1940, Take Me to the Water draws on the collection of Jim Linderman, a scholar of American 'outsider' art, early American folk art and daguerreotype photography. It reproduces 75 sepia photographs that depict amazing scenes of immersion baptisms-the likes of which are rarely seen today-with preacher and baptismal candidate shown immersed mid-river, while the congregation looks on from the riverbank. The CD compiles rare gospel and folk recordings from original 78-RPM records, with artists such as Washington Phillips, Carter Family, Tennessee Mountaineers, the Belmont Silvertone Jubilee Singers and rare vocal recordings of baptismal sermons. Renowned writer Luc Sante provides a history of baptismal rites in America, and writes of this volume: 'Whether you have ever actually experienced a baptism or not, whether you are a believer or not, these pictures and the music that accompanies them transmit all the emotional information: the excitement and the serenity, the fellowship and the warmth, the wind and the water… you would have to have a heart of tin not to recognize this as one of the happiest collections of archival photographs ever assembled.'
This item is currently unavailable from photo-eye, however we have located copies for you to purchase immediately through Amazon Marketplace.
We will receive credit for these orders if you use
our ordering system. We will also receive credit for any other purchases you make while on Amazon's site.
Thank you for supporting photo-eye!