The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia
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The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia
Like many photographers, Shelby Lee Adams has a favored subject, and in his case he prefers to turn the lens of his camera on the poor Appalachian families of Eastern Kentucky. As a fellow Kentuckian, the Appalachians are an area and a people Adams knows well, but while his subjects usually live in devastating poverty, Adams was the son of a wealthy and privileged family, and as his work began to attract a worldwide audience, many began to question if Adams was attempting an honest portrayal of lives lived under near-tragic circumstances, or if the photographer was exploiting the naivete and… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Controversial fine-arts photographer Shelby Lee Adams is given a fascinatingly even-handed cinematic trial."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"the film we're invited to handle is elusive and dangerous"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central