TESTIFY: A Visual Love Letter to Appalachia

The thirteenth fine press title to be published under the Horse & Buggy Press imprint has been completed and as of the first week of May 2014, books began out into the world.

TESTIFY: A Visual Love Letter to Appalachia
Photographs by Roger May   |   Foreword by Silas House

Testify: A Visual Love Letter to Applachia  is a  two volume, limited edition  featuring fifty images (black and white, as well as full color), an introduction by photographer Roger May, and a foreword by Silas House. Interior pages are printed on a high-end Indigo press using 100lb Mohawk Superfine eggshell finish text paper.

The covers are hand-printed on the letterpress, and each book is hand-sewn with linen thread. The limited edition of 300 copies is signed and numbered by Roger. The two volumes are presented together with a full-bleed printed bellyband, and include a bookmark and a photographic print (suitable for framing) housed in a translucent envelope.

Excerpt from Roger’s introduction . . .

Testify is a visual love letter to Appalachia, the land of my blood. This is my testimony of how I came to see the importance of home and my connection to place. After moving away as a teenager, I’ve struggled to return, to latch on to something from my memory. These images are a vignette into my working through the problem of the construction of memory versus reality. My work embraces the raw beauty of the mountains while keeping at arms length the stereotypical images that have tried to define Appalachia for decades.

To order the book . . .

Update: April 2016. The edition has nearly sold out.
Original price was $65. There are less than ten copies remaining and they are now selling for $125. If you know a publisher who would be introduced to produce a second printing or to work with Roger for an expanded/updated edition, please let me (or Roger) know.

Roger May (b. 1975) is an Appalachian American photographer currently living in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was born in the Tug River Valley, located on the West Virginia and Kentucky state line, in the heart of Hatfield and McCoy country. He served in the U.S. Army for seven years. He is currently enrolled in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where he has also worked as a part-time instructor.

A few spreads from the books appear below . . .

Coal cars spread

Foreword spread

Dramatic blue sky spread

clogging spread

Noisy truck spread

Highway spread

sign overturned truck spread

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