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Picturing FaithPhotography and the Great Depression$
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Colleen McDannell

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300104301

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300104301.001.0001

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Another South

Another South

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Picturing Faith

Colleen McDannell

Yale University Press

This chapter tells the story of Irene and Jack Delano, who took at least nineteen photographs of an African-American congregation in Heard County, Georgia. The series began with a picture of four women, one carrying a child, walking down a dusty road toward the church. Other photographs show the gathered men dressed in suits and hats, chatting with one another. In one picture, Delano creates an elegant composition by filming the men underneath a massive tree bounded by a car and the church. Eventually, Jack Delano took a group picture of the deacons and minister, lined up against the side of the church. Moving inside, he filmed the “fellow with a booming voice,” prayers and preaching, and the attentive congregation. Three photographs are of the church's minister. Delano explains in his captions that this man lived in an old converted schoolhouse with his wife and two grandchildren, while his children had moved out of Heard County. Delano posed the couple underneath framed portrait photographs taken of them twenty years earlier.

Keywords:   elegant composition, Jack Delano, African-American congregation, Heard County, Georgia

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