Time Not Here Mississippi Delta
Photography: Norman Mauskopf is an award-winning American documentary photographer who has published three books.
Essay: Randall Kenan is an American author of fiction and nonfiction. Raised in a rural community in North Carolina, Kenan has focused his fiction on what it means to be black and gay in the southern United States.
Publisher/Date: Twin Palms Publisher, (c. 1996) First Edition. Limited to 3000 copies.
Format/Condition: New oblong black cloth hardcover book with dust jacket in Near Fine condition: tiny tear at top of dust jacket spine (can not be seen in photo). Unpaginated (96 pages); 7.4 x 11.2 x 0.7 inches. Illustrated endleaves. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white. Only text is the essay at the end of the book.
Description: Documentary photographer Norman Mauskopf delves into African-American life in the Mississippi Delta. The book is a revealing chronicle of the shared rural and agricultural community that gave birth to the blues. From the cotton fields to juke-joints, revivals to front-porch get-togethers, Mauskopf's exploration of this tradition-rich culture documents the many ways in which the African-American community has drawn on the past, keeping intact its rituals and a way of life in the American southland.
The photographs are full of love, joy, and religious faith. Mauskopf portrays the poorest Americans, who are nonetheless rich in family, church, and community bonds. He documents the unifying and dominant role of religion as well as the joys and sustenance provided by music, dance, romance, family life, and the land itself. These images capture a sense of place so powerfully that captions aren't necessary, though a brief and poetic essay by novelist Kenan nicely complements the photographs.