By William Carter

Photographer, Author, Jazz Musician

The Middle Americans (Part 6)

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Quiet Truths Near the Center of Our Lives

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January 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm

The Middle Americans (Part 5)

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January 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm

The Middle Americans (Part 4)

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December 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm

The Middle Americans (Part 3)

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December 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm

The Middle Americans (Part 2)

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November 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm

The Middle Americans (Part 1)

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Quiet Truths Near the Center of Our Lives

Beyond the glitz and shock, the checkout stands and game shows, there’s an American reality that doesn’t much change. This human landscape is actually a place in our heart.

I’ve picked about 50 images, few of which were previously published. They were taken in different parts of the U.S., in different decades, and printed in my darkroom. This collection is a series of postings to be released in coming weeks.

See also here my earlier blog post, National Character.

All Photographs © William Carter

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November 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Signs of the Times

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America’s Corn Belt Speaks for Itself

Digging deep in my files as part of an ongoing effort to gather a legacy of vintage prints, I stumbled on some unpublished treasures. Forty years ago I photographed these signs along the back roads of Indiana, Illinois and neighboring states while working on my second book, Middle West Country (Houghton Mifflin, 1975).

Now the signs are mostly gone — but not the inherent modesty, chuckling humor, and serious spirit of America’s heartland.

Photographs © William Carter 1972, 2010

Sign: Pickneyville Home Style Beans

cat-fish,-Grand-Tower,-Ill.-c1973

Madison-barn-sign-c1972

Independent-Farm

Revival-placard,-Indiana-1972

Oak Ridge Friends Church

Church Float

farm-sale-notice-1972

Annamae Wife

Churchyard, Henry Cty Ill, Sharon

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October 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm

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