In this famed collection of full-color photographs, Birney Imes reveals a previously unexplored and now nearly vanished domain, the black juke joints of the Mississippi Delta. Imes’s work transforms these common gathering places in Delta cultural life into something rich and strange.
The evocative Mississippi place names in Imes’s photographs are as captivating as the names of the juke joints themselves: the Pink Pony in Darling, the People’s Choice Café in Leland, Monkey’s Place in Merigold, the Evening Star Lounge in Shaw, the Playboy Club in Louise, Juicy’s Place in Marcella, the Social Inn in Gunnison, and A. D.’s Place in Glendora.
To the volume Richard Ford, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sportswriter and Independence Day, contributes a long, perceptive essay that probes the photographs for their aesthetic value and for what they reveal beyond their obvious documentary qualities.
Juke Joint includes approximately sixty photographs taken between 1983 and 1989 as Imes traveled throughout the Delta. Many of the images are the result of long exposures that show the blur of human movement as a figure lounges at a bar or steps across a room to feed quarters into a juke box. The resulting “ghosts” animate the pictures and give them an otherworldly quality.
Today, many of these places no longer exist. And yet these photographs continue to inspire songs, poetry, movie sets, and the interior designs of countless bars, restaurants, and live music venues striving for authenticity and that inimitable Delta Blues feeling.
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Birney Imes lives and works in Columbus, Mississippi. His photographs have been exhibited in solo shows in the U.S. and in Europe, and his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.
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Book Description University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 1990. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Not published with Dust Jacket. First Edition. Frontis., 16 + 116 + 4 pp., illus. 58 full page colour plates plus 4 other colour photographs. With an introductory essay by Richard Ford. Photographs and afterword by Imes. One of one hundred numbered copies, this being copy number 28, signed by both Imes and Ford. Bound in black cloth in original paper covered slipcase. A fine, as new copy. Size: 4to. Signed by Author & Illustrator. Bookseller Inventory # 007862
Book Description University Press of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 1990. First Edition. First Edition. One of 100 lettered copies (this being No. 41) SIGNED by both Barney Imes and Richard Ford, with Ford contributing the introduction. A stunning color monograph of the juke joints of Mississippi, birthplace of the Delta blues, many of which have already disappeared. Indispensable for students of American blues music and the ethnology of the rural American south. Fine in black cloth and a Near Fine, lightly rubbed illustrated slipcase as issued. Bookseller Inventory # 135662
Book Description University Press of Mississippi, Jackson and London, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 100 numbered and 26 lettered copies (this being copy number 21), numbered and signed on the limitation page by Birney Imes and Richard Ford. Hardcover. Black cloth-covered boards with title debossed on cover; no dust jacket as issued (for the limited edition); contained in a photographically illustrated paper-covered slipcase. Photographs and Afterword by Birney Imes. Introduction by Richard Ford. Unpaginated (126 pp.), with 58 four-color plates. 10-1/4 x 11-1/4 inches. Fine in Near Fine slipcase (moderate surface wear and wear to the extremities, else Fine). Imes' colorful photographs of African-American juke joints in Mississippi reveal the sometimes derelict spaces as works of art in and of themselves. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 107230
Book Description University Press of Mississippi, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Signed, Limited. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0878054405