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Posts Tagged ‘Roger May’

Update: “Looking At Appalachia” Photo Project

Update: "Looking At Appalachia" Photo Project

Last year, we wrote about Roger May’s crowdsourced-photo-project-in-progress as he was seeking submissions. The photographer, blogger, and CDS Certificate in Documentary Arts student was looking to craft a more nuanced view of modern Appalachia fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson made the area a primary target in his War on Poverty, resulting in an era of photographs depicting a one-note, […]


Crowd-Sourced Photography Project Looks at Appalachia 50 Years After the War on Poverty

Crowd-Sourced Photography Project Looks at Appalachia 50 Years After the War on Poverty

In the sixties, President Lyndon Johnson made Appalachia a primary target in his War on Poverty. Photographs that ran in magazines such as Life painted a desolate picture of a poverty-torn region, dirty children playing in dilapidated shacks. A half-century later, photographer, blogger, and CDS Certificate in Documentary Arts student Roger May is spearheading a […]


New Class Explores Documentaries for Social Change Focusing on Coal Appalachia

New Class Explores Documentaries for Social Change Focusing on Coal Appalachia

CDS is pleased to offer a new continuing education class taught by folklorist Joy Salyers and documentary photographer Roger May—Can Docs for Social Change Make a Difference? The effects of mining coal in Appalachia, especially in eastern Kentucky and western West Virginia, have been featured in documentaries for decades. The federal government’s War on Poverty […]