Monday, October 20, 2008
The Oxford Project by Peter Feldstein & Stephen G. Bloom
In starry/smoggy Los Angeles it's easy to loose touch with what Sarah Palin calls "The Real America". The Oxford Project is a beautiful journey to a different time and place. If you want to get past the red state vs. blue state BS pick up a copy before some Angeleo turn this into a movie of the week.
"In 1984, photographer Peter Feldstein set out to photograph every single resident of his town, Oxford, Iowa (pop. 676). He converted an abandoned storefront on Main Street into a makeshift studio and posted fliers inviting people to stop by. At first they trickled in slowly, but in the end, nearly all of Oxford stood before Feldstein's lens. Twenty years later, Feldstein decided to do it again. Only this time he invited writer Stephen G. Bloom to join him, and together they went in search of the same Oxford residents Feldstein had originally shot two decades earlier. Some had moved. Most had stayed. Others had passed away. All were marked by the passage of time."