This Place, These People

Life and Shadow on the Great Plains

David Stark, Photographs by Nancy Warner

Columbia University Press

This Place, These People

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Pub Date: November 2013

ISBN: 9780231165228

128 Pages

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Pub Date: November 2013

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Pub Date: November 2013

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This Place, These People

Life and Shadow on the Great Plains

David Stark, Photographs by Nancy Warner

Columbia University Press

The numbers of farms and farmers on the Great Plains are dwindling. Disappearing even faster are the farm places—the houses, barns, and outbuildings that made the rural landscape a place of habitation. Nancy Warner's photographs tell the stories of buildings that were once loved yet have now been abandoned. Her evocative images are juxtaposed with the voices of Nebraska farm people, lovingly recorded by sociologist David Stark. These plainspoken recollections tell of a way of life that continues to evolve in the face of wrenching change.

Warner's spare, formal photographs invite readers to listen to the cadences and tough-minded humor of everyday speech in the Great Plains. Stark's afterword grounds the project in the historical relationship between people and their land. In the tradition of Wright Morris, this combination of words and images is both art and document, evoking memories, emotions, and questions for anyone with rural American roots.
I was very moved by this evocative, literate, and informative book. Warner's beautiful—and painful—photographs are a perfect companion to Stark's writing and the 'voices' of the Nebraskans that are included. I am very grateful for this sensitive and sad look back. Ruth Silverman, former associate curator of the International Center of Photography and two-time winner of the Photography-Book-of-the-Year award for The Dog and Athletes
Richly nuanced. Publishers Weekly
A melancholy, touching look at a vanishing way of life. Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Each photo presents a snapshot of a place vacated. Together, they tell a larger story of an America fading into the landscape.... Conversations, captured by Stark, are sprinkled throughout the book, bringing insight and understated humor to the inanimate beauty of Warner's photographs. Casey Logan, The Omaha World Herald
A moving collection... The country and the book are spacious, the stories are moving, and the photographs are wonderful. RALPH magazine
Quietly evocative Billings Gazette
Preface
Photographs and Voices
Afterword
List of Photographs
List of Voices
Acknowledgments

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Finalist - 2014 High Plains Book Award in Art & Photography, Billings (Montana) Public Library

Winner of the 2015 Nebraska Book Award in Nonfiction, Nebraska as place category

About the Author

David Stark is the Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University, where he directs the Center on Organizational Innovation. His most recent book is The Sense of Dissonance: Accounts of Worth in Economic Life.



Nancy Warner is a fine-art and portrait photographer based in San Francisco. Many of the photographs in this book were first exhibited at the Great Plains Art Museum as Going Back: Midwestern Farm Places (2008). The photographs are available for sale, exhibit, or licensing. Contact Nancy Warner at www.warnerphoto.com.