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The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia (2002)

The meaning of art itself comes into question in this documentary about Shelby Lee Adams' controversial photos of families in Appalachia.

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Jennifer Baichwal
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelby Lee Adams Shelby Lee Adams ... Himself
Chad Baker Chad Baker ... Himself
Donnie Benton Donnie Benton ... Himself
Burley Childers Burley Childers ... Himself
Homer Childers Homer Childers ... Himself
James Childers James Childers ... Himself
Joseph Childers Joseph Childers ... Himself
Rosalie Desrochers Rosalie Desrochers ... Herself
Roy Childers Roy Childers ... Himself
Debbie Childers Debbie Childers ... Herself
Selina Childers Selina Childers ... Herself
Hort Collins Hort Collins ... Himself
Brandon Cooper Brandon Cooper ... Himself
Johnny Cooper Johnny Cooper ... Himself
William Gorman William Gorman ... Himself
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The meaning of art itself comes into question in this documentary about Shelby Lee Adams' controversial photos of families in Appalachia.

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Country:

Canada

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English

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January 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Kentucky, USA

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Mercury Films Inc. See more »
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Crazy Credits

After the credits roll a subject of the film is shown commenting to the camera that "sometimes his pictures come out good, and sometimes not so good." See more »

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References Deliverance (1972) See more »

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The True meaning of Motion Pictures
3 February 2004 | by robm1See all my reviews

I found this film to be very interesting. Adam's, who is usually the one doing the representing, is here being documented. Does true objectivity exist?

Adam's work is incredible, his Appalachian subjects are interesting and diverse, and I enjoyed seeing the artist at work in the film. This film considers aspects of artist, subject and critical response. It also brings to light the imprint that art photography and film create in our conscious.


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