About the Book
Delta is an update of Roger Minick’s critically acclaimed photo book, Delta West, originally published in 1969. This current incarnation of that book includes, in addition to most of the original images, 54 previously unpublished images. The result is a magnificient tribute to both the land and people of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and to Minick’s early photography.
In the preface to Delta, Minick writes about making two of his most famous photographs from the series:
“...that fateful day I was walking down a back alley and as I rounded a corner I stopped in my tracks. Just ahead I saw a man sitting on a tattered overstuffed sofa under a moss covered porch, a dog and a pile of empty wine bottles at his feet. After exchanging pleasantries with the man, whom I came to know as Mr. Cheng, I asked him if I could take a photograph of him sitting just as he was. When he nodded his head, I remember feeling a sudden flush of adrenalin as everything seemed to slow down. From fear that the tableau before me and my increasing excitement would cause me to flub the shot, I double-checked the composition, exposure and focus before releasing the shutter. After taking sev- eral frames, with Mr. Cheng and his dog remaining perfectly still, I then saw Mr Cheng reach for a hat and cradle it in his lap. I stepped forward, my hands starting to tremble, and when
I focused the camera in close I saw gleaming in the camera’s ground glass an image I was certain would become a final print...”
American Roger Minick has been photographing the American experience for nearly half a century. His photographs are included in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J Paul Getty Museum, George Eastman House, Smithsonian, and numerous private collections. Two previous mainstream photographic books, published by Scrimshaw Press, include DELTA WEST and HILLS OF HOME. Recent publications AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICS, SIGHTSEER, CELL PEOPLE, SEEN from TRAIN, PERAMBULATIONS, UNDOCUMENTED, THE ETERNAL STARE, PARTHENON MARBLES, CORNUCOPIA, EyeEurope, EyeRamblings, WEB.CAM, SHADOWLIGHT, DELTA, OZARKS, and FIFTY are published by Perambulation Press, a self-publishing venture founded by Roger Minick, specializing in fine quality limited edition books. Dylan Swift is Roger Minick's nom de plume.