About the Book
Ozarks is an update of Roger Minick’s critically acclaimed photo book, Hills of Home, which was published in 1975. An homage to Minick’s childhood in the Ozarks of Arkansas, this current incarnation of that book includes, in addition to most of the original images, 49 previously unpublished images.
In the book’s foreword, Minick reflects back on his years working on the Ozark project:
“While it was impossible to undertake the Ozark project without certain pre- conceptions, based on my childhood recollections, I soon realized that there were aspects of the region that I had not fully understood when I lived there as a child. Foremost was the realization that, while its woods and streams were invitingly beautiful, most of the people I was encountering in the small towns and backwoods were living a hardscrabble existence. I was learning that many people had tried farming over the years, but because the land was so hilly and rocky, making farming for a living difficult, many people had long ago given up and left. In addition, other than a few full-time county jobs and sporadic employment at sawmills, canneries, chicken or dairy farms, the region offer- ed scarce opportunity for sustainable employment. For those who stayed, they did so because it was the life they knew, and that coupled with their God-fearing beliefs made them a uniquely proud and enduring people...”
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.