The Reverend

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Hardcover, 108 pgs., ISBN 9791578067878

10.5 x 11.5"

By James Perry Walker

I believe a preacher is called from his birth," Reverend Louis Cole told photographer James Perry Walker. "He is born into this world to preach, or not to preach."

For six years, from 1976 until the reverend's death in 1981, Walker photographed this circuit preacher, the black Baptist congregations he served, and the roads he traveled. The Reverend depicts the life and death of an African American minister who spread the Gospel and inspired his congregants in West Tennessee and North Mississippi. Walker fuses his own impressions and the reverend's stories and sermons with intimate photographs to reveal the spiritual depth of one man and the extraordinary impact he had on his flocks. In the process, Walker allows the viewer communion with a very private African American culture.

James Perry Walker's photographs have been exhibited in such galleries and museums as the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Mississippi; Tricia Collins Contemporary Art and Taranto Gallery in New York City; the Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Michigan; and the Basel Art Fair in Switzerland. His photographs have been published in the Southern Quarterly and Camera International. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

© 2006 University Press of Mississippi