The West Behind Us.
Photographs by Bobby Abrahamson. Text by Lisa Wells.
Self-Published, 2014. 148 pp., 44 duotone illustrations, 8x6½".
Signed copies available!
The West Behind Us documents four small, rural towns in Oregon - Fields, Mitchell, Long Creek and Halfway - investigating the challenges faced by rural communities in an age of increased urbanization and economic depression. In the tradition of WPA era collaborations like James Agee and Walker Evans' Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, the book includes 44 striking black and white photographs by documentary photographer Bobby Abrahamson, along with extensive interviews with residents, and first-person narrative by author Lisa Wells. As Dave Blanchard of Oregon Public Broadcasting writes about the project: 'The two Portland-based artists understood the challenges of accuracy and exploitation inherent in documenting the lives of others. They traveled to the locations separately, not wanting to come across as offering a definitive account of the towns. They instead focused on their personal connections with the towns and the people who live there.' The results are two independent, complementary visions of life in rural America on the cusp of the urban millennium.
About the Limited Edition
A limited edition 10 comes with a 8'x10' silver gelatin darkroom print. View the print here.