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    Faces and Places of Appalachia

    Although I'm not originally from Appalachia I was born in a tiny oil and coal town in Southern Illinois that was very much like where I grew up in East Tennessee. At the age of three my family moved us to Oak Ridge Tn which was known as the atomic city. Oak Ridge didn't exist until 1942 when it became a secret government site where the uranium was enriched for the two atomic bomb that ended WWII. We were atypical of the surrounding area in that we had more Phd's per capita than any other place in the US. Robert Oppenheimer and General Lesli Groves were two notable figures that headed the Manhattan Project and were frequently in Oak Ridge.

    MY father was into photography and I became interested at the age of 5 watching him make images and process and print them. I started shooting with my mothers Anasco 620 box camera in 1953 and received my first Brownie at age 7 in 1955. I've always been fascinated with the Appalachian culture. landscape and people. Over the years I've documented the people and culture of the area and would like to share some of it with you.

    The area has changed a great deal over the decades of my life. These images represent the old world of Appalachia, not the new. Most of these date to the late 60's through the 90's.
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    Re: Faces and Places of Appalachia

    More photo's.
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    Re: Faces and Places of Appalachia

    A few faces from the early 70's. Were were taken in Petros TN in the coal mining area where the state maximum security orison was located. It was also the plan where James Earl Ray, Martin Luther Kings assassin, was housed.
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    Re: Faces and Places of Appalachia

    More from Petros.
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    Re: Faces and Places of Appalachia

    A few more from Petros and surrounding area.
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    Re: Faces and Places of Appalachia

    A few more images from the surrounding area.
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    Re: Faces and Places of Appalachia

    A couple more images from the area.
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    Re: Faces and Places of Appalachia

    Appalachian natives are some of the kindest people you'll ever meet but many have had very hard lives.
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    Re: Faces and Places of Appalachia

    Just a few more for now.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Sterchi's B&W 1.jpg   Peanut Boy  full frame 8 biit.jpg   grocery at clark range.jpg   Ferry TN River 5.jpg  

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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: Faces and Places of Appalachia

    Fascinating. Thanks for sharing these.

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