An evolving reading list of selected Alabama-focused literature and history, along with titles on photo history and ethics, documentary practices, and contemporary imagemakers. Each title is linked to synopses and additional info.
History, Anthropology, Race, and Environment:
Alabama’s Mitcham Wars – Jerry Elijah Brown
Alabama: The History of a Deep South State, Bicentenial Edition – William Warren Rogers, Leah Rawls Atkins, Wayne Flint, et al.
All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw – Nate Shaw, compiled by Theodore Rosengarten
Barracoon – Zora Neale Hurston
Inside Alabama: A Personal History of My State – Harvey H. Jackson III
Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men – James Agee and Walker Evans
Salvation on Sand Mountain – Dennis Covington, with Melissa Springer and Jim Neel
Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus – Andrew Douglas, dir.
South to a Very Old Place – Albert Murray
South to America – Imani Perry
The Last Slave Ship – Ben Raines
This Radical Land – Daegan Miller
To Live in the South, One Has To Be a Scar Lover – Maaike Gouwenberg, Joris Lindhout, eds.
Vision & Justice: A Civic Curriculum – Sarah Lewis, ed.
The World-Ending Fire – Wendell Berry
White Lies – Chip Brantley, Andrew Grace
Photo History and Criticism:
But Still It Turns – Paul Graham
Capturing the South: Imagining America’s Most Documented Region – Scott Matthews
Civil Imagination – Ariella Azoulay
The Documentary Impulse – Stuart Franklin
The Making of an Argument – Gordon Parks and Russell Lord
Shot in Alabama – Frances Osborn Robb