In concert with its current exhibition, Jasper, Texas: The Community Photographs of Alonzo Jordan, the International Center of Photography has released a comprehensive catalog of the former barber’s work. Contextual essays come from Alan B. Govenar, a superb folklorist with focus on Texas and its musical traditions. The photographs capture small town Jasper and its cultural and social milieu at mid-century. As such, the work becomes a telling document of the life lived by James Byrd, whose racially charged 1998 murder thrust Jasper into the National spotlight.
Available from ICP.