Introduction to the photographs

"Decatur County is in southwest Georgia, with a population of 25,000. I have lived there all my 68 years, and since 1960 I have devoted myself to photographing it. The result is an egocentric document which makes no claim to comprehensiveness or objectivity. On the contrary, its distinction is that it is a native product, unrestricted by detachment and impartiality.

I have chosen two sets of pictures: one, in which there are no people, shows what the place looks like. The other is a record of an annual event in Willis Park in the center of town. With the latter I have included a synopsis of what went through my mind as I photographed."




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