Contemporary Documentary Photography in Appalachia


This Pathfinder is designed as an introduction to contemporary documentary photography and its portrayal of human subjects within the Appalachian region. This compilation is limited to post-1970 photographic work held by the W.L. Eury collection at Appalachian State University.

Introductory Text: 

Ewald, Wendy. Appalachia: A Self Portrait. Frankfort, KY: Gnomon Press for Appalshop, 1979. ASU App Coll Stack F217.A65 A63

McNeil, W.K. Appalachian Images in Folk and Popular Culture. 2nd ed. Knoxville, TN: The University of Tennessee Press, 1995 ASU App Coll F217. A65 A656 1995

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 
  • Appalachian Mountains Photography
  • Appalachians (People) -- Appalachian Region, Southern -- Pictorial works
  • Appalachians (People) -- Kentucky -- Pictorial works
  • Appalachians (People) -- Pictorial works
  • Appalachian Region, Southern -- Biography -- Pictorial works
  • Appalachian Region, Southern -- Pictorial works
  • Appalachian Region, Southern -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works
  • Appalachian Region, Southern -- Social life and customs -- Miscellanea
  • Appalachian Region, Southern -- Pictorial works
  • Appalachian Region, Southern -- Popular Culture
  • Appalshop, Whitesburg, KY
  • Art-Appalachia
  • Bluegrass musicians -- portraits
  • Country Life
  • Country Life --Appalachian Region
  • Culture-Appalachia
  • Documentary Photography -- North Carolina -- Madison County
  • Documentary photography -- United States
  • Farm life -- Appalachian Region, Southern -- Pictorial works
  • Gatlinburg (TN) -- Biography -- Portraits
  • Great Smoky Mountains Region (NC and TN) -- Biography –Portraits
  • Great Smoky Mountains (N.C. and Tenn.) -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works
  • Kentucky -- Biography -- Portraits
  • Kentucky -- history -- pictorial works
  • Kentucky -- Pictorial works
  • Kentucky -- Social life and customs
  • Mountain People
  • Museum of Appalachia, Norris, TN
  • Lebanon Region (Va.) -- Pictorial works
  • Photography – Appalachian Mountains
  • Photography – Appalachian Region
  • Photojournalism -- United States
  • Sevier County (TN) -- Biography -- Portraits
  • Tennessee -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works
  • Tobacco farmers -- North Carolina -- Madison County -- Social life and customs
  • West Virginia -- Pictoral works
  • Women-Appalachia
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • F217
  • F217. A65
  • TR 23
  • TR 647
  • TR 820.5

Adams, Shelby Lee. Appalachian Legacy. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1998 ASU App Coll F217.A65 A24 1998

Adams, Shelby Lee. Appalachian Lives. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2003. ASU App Coll. Oversize. F217.A65 A25 2003

Adams, Shelby Lee. Appalachian Portraits. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1993. ASU App Coll Stack. F217.A65 A23 1993

Amberg, Rob. Sodom Laurel Album. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press in association with the Center for Documentary Studies, 2002. ASU App Coll Stack TR820.5.A468 2002

Barnwell, Tim. The Face of Appalachia: Portraits from the Mountain Farm. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003. ASU App Coll F17.A65 B38 2003

Barnwell, Tim. Hands in Harmony: Traditional Crafts and Music in Appalachia. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2009 ASU App Coll TR658.5 .B37 2009

Barnwell, Tim. On Earth’s Furrowed Brow: The Appalachian Farm in Photographs. New York: Norton, 2007 ASU App Coll F217.A65 B385 2007

Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

Amber, Rob. “Glimpses of the Rural Carolinas.” Charlotte, NC: Spirit Square Center for the Arts, 1992. Catalog of four exhibitions held at Spirit Square Center for the Arts between August 20 and October 21, 1992

Eiler, Lyntha Scott, ed. “Blue Ridge Harvest: A Region’s Folklife in Photographs.” Washington DC: The American Folklife Center, 1981 ASU App Coll F217.B6B58

West, Carroll Van. Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1998. p.138. AppColl F 436.T525 1998

Williams, Jonathan. Black Mountain People Mean As They Can Be – They Uses Gunpowder Just to Sweeten Their Tea. Asheville, NC: Captain’s Bookshelf, 1995 ASU App Coll CLO TR680.W53 1995


Appalachian Bibliography. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Library, 1980. (628-632). ASU App Coll Z1251.A7A61980

Haskell, Jean Speer. The Appalachian Photographs of Earl Palmer and Jean Haskell Speer. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1990. (124-126). ASU App Coll Stack F217 A65 S72 1990

Abstracts and Indices: 

Arts and Humanities Search [computerfile]. First Search. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., 1980- (Updated Weekly). Citations to more than 1,300 arts and humanities journals and to relevant articles on arts and humanities in over 5,800 social science and science journals.

American Humanities Index [computer file]. Whitston Publishing. Albany, NY: EBSCO, 1975- (Updated Monthly). Indexing for over 700 journals including articles, essays and reviews, as well as creative works including poems, fiction, photographs, painting and illustrations.


Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine. Johnson City, Tennessee: Center for Appalachian Studies and Services.

Appalachian Heritage. Brea, KY: Brea College.

Compiled by: 

Compiler: Leigh Ann Henion, 2 December 2004

Updated by: 

Updated: Leigh Walters, 26 October 2010