I rarely borrow coffee-table books from the library---they’re just too clunky---but a great review of American Farmer: The Heart of our Country compelled me to lug it home and dig in.
Photographer Paul Mobley grew up in Michigan but has spent most of his career as a commercial photographer in New York City and other urban hubs. While hanging out at a coffee shop during an R and R visit to Glen Arbor, he got acquainted with some locals who, eventually, allowed him to take their pictures. These casual photo’s of northern Michigan farmers sparked the four-year project that followed.
American Farmer is the culmination of Mobly’s 100,000 mile journey through 37 states, visiting 200 farms and taking 30,000 photographs. It’s at once an artistic masterpiece and sociological treasure. Interviews with the featured farmers, transcribed into engaging narratives by Katrina Fried, accompany the stunning visuals---150 in total.
Mobley and Fried have captured the spirit of American men and women whose arduous work and devotion to the land are often overlooked or under-appreciated. The striking faces and remarkable stories of farmers old and young illuminate a way of life that is at the core and heart of the American fabric. This big, heavy book is truly worth its weight!
View the video: Experience the Making of "American Farmer" (Amazon.com)
American Farmer: The Heart of our Country