First Wednesdays

Free Public Talks at Libraries around Vermont

The Making of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Middlebury professor Tim Spears looks at the 1941 publication of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Depicting the lives of southern sharecroppers, writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans resisted journalistic conventions to produce a book that raises important questions about the nature of documentary work—and art.

This video was recorded at the Brooks Memorial Library on February 6, 2019.

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