Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Peter Feldstein at University of Texas

On Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. CST, the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research institute and library at the University of Texas at Austin, will be screening a live webcast of photographer Peter Feldstein as he discusses his new book The Oxford Project. Feldstein will read from the book and give a narrated slide presentation, followed by a question-and-answer discussion.

In 1984, photographer Peter Feldstein set out to photograph every single resident of his town, Oxford, Iowa (pop. 676). He converted an abandoned storefront on Main Street into a makeshift studio and posted flyers inviting people to stop by. At first they trickled in slowly, but in the end, nearly all of Oxford stood before Feldstein's lens.

Twenty years later, Feldstein decided to do it again. He invited writer Stephen G. Bloom to join him, and together they went in search of the Oxford residents Feldstein originally shot in 1984. Some had moved. Most had stayed. Others had passed away. All were marked by the passage of time.

What emerges is a living portrait of Small Town, USA, told with the words and images of its residents—then and now—and textured by their own words. It tells the compelling story of one archetypal American community—its struggles, accomplishments, failures, and secrets—and how it has both changed and stayed the same over the course of the years.

More information on the project here: http://www.oxfordproject.com/about.html

There will be a webcast of the program at www.hrc.utexas.edu/webcast.


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