Not Forgotten The Day Is Past and Gone Family Photographs from Eastern North Carolina b y s c o t t m at t h e ws "My great-aunt always patiently answered my questions about the people in the pictures and provided stories to accompany them when she could. For instance: the black bear on a chain that keeps showing up?" All photographs courtesy of Scott Matthews. "It is in fact hard to get the camera to tell the truth; yet it can be made to, in many ways and on many levels. Some of the best photographs we are ever likely to see are innocent domestic snapshots . . . ." --James Agee (1946) "One of the most envied accompaniments of high birth in the past is becoming almost universal. Almost everyone nowadays is possessed of family portraits . . . As in the case of jewels, there is something fictitious about the store which is set by them. Nevertheless the fascination of such heirlooms is eternal." --The Living Age (1913) 1 The family photographs presented here come from a collection my great-aunt kept at the family home-place in the Rosebud community of Wilson County, North Carolina.
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: May 27, 2011