This story was first published by the Half Moon Photography Workshop as Home Bacon in Camerawork No.9: The Picture Story, pp.4-6, March 1978.

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Pig Killing

r/t: 2 min, 30 sec.

 

The winter of 1976-77, Old Farm, Little Stainton, North Yorkshire. Cyril Richardson and his family reared pigs and killed them each Christmas. Not a story for the faint-hearted.

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James Agee and Walker Evans. Book. 1941. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Sent in 1936 to produce a magazine article on the poverty of white sharecroppers in Alabama, Agee and photographer Evans stretched out the assignment and made a book instead. Agee didn't have a rule book to tell him what precisely to document. So he precisely documented everything: from the depth of dust in a drawer to his passionate feelings for one of his subjects. Here he observes a family preparing to be photographed by Evans: "...looking into your eyes and seeing thus, how each of you is a creature which has never in all time existed before and which shall never in all time exist again and which is not like any other and which has the grand stature and natural warmth of every other..."