Fonville Winans' Louisiana: Politics, People, and Places

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9780807119907: Fonville Winans' Louisiana: Politics, People, and Places

Nestled in the marshes and bayous of Louisiana is a world unlike any other. The politics are as steamy as the weather, and the people and places defy generalization. In this handsome and entertaining book, Cyril Vetter gives us passage into that enchanting and wondrous world through a sympathetic and thorough rendering of the lifework of the internationally renowned Baton Rouge photographer Fonville Winans (1911-1992). Celebrated as one of America's best regional photographers, Winans offered a view of Louisiana through a marvelous and eccentric eye, a view that will invoke nostalgic memories for Louisiana natives and introduce others to the magic and beauty of the Pelican State.
Fonville Winans' Louisiana contains more than one hundred black-and-white photographs spanning a period of nearly forty years and depicting the politicians, ordinary citizens, and exotic locales that exemplify Louisiana's cultural richness and diversity. During his long career, Winans photographed virtually all of the colorful campaigners who have given the state's politics such a spicy reputation - the legendary brothers Huey and Earl Long; the "singing governor," Jimmie Davis; the archsegregationist and demagogue Leander Perez; the charismatic and controversial Edwin Edwards; and many others.
Equally striking are the portraits and candids of everyday people: bartenders and beauty queens, oystermen and inmates, sharecroppers and salt miners, black, white, Cajun, Creole. Taken mainly during the 1930s and 1940s, Winans' photographs of cane fields, fishing camps, festivals, dance halls, paper mills, plantations, swamps, and seascapes show the beauty and simplicity of a mostly rural Louisiana and a time gone by.
Accompanying the book is a compact disc that includes the spoken-word recording of Earl K. Long's wit and wisdom entitled Last of the Red Hot Poppas, Huey P. Long singing "Every Man a King," Jimmie Davis crooning "You Are My Sunshine," and other musical selections significant to Louisiana's lively political past.

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Cyril E. Vetter, over a twenty-year career in the communications industry, has owned and operated newspapers, radio and television stations, a television production company, a record company, and a music publishing company. He is a graduate of LSU Law School and one of the authors of Requisites for Reform, a study of Louisiana politics written in association with the Council for a Better Louisiana.

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Prior to his death in 1992, Winans took thousands of photographs of Louisiana's politicians, people, and scenery. This collection of over 100 of his photographs, with commentary by businessman and attorney Vetter, consists primarily of work from the 1930s and 1940s. It is accompanied by a compact disc containing, along with other selections, songs performed by former Louisiana governors Huey Long and Jimmie Davis. Winans's formal studio portraits of political figures are sometimes excessively flattering and reveal little of the subjects' character. But his other work effectively captures the ambiance and culture of French South Louisiana. Some of Winans's best work is also displayed in Myron Tassin's We Are Acadians: Nous Sommes Acadiens (1976). Winans was clearly one of the most talented regional photographers America has produced. For general readers and library photography collections.?Thomas H. Ferrell, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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