Great Reviews for Appalachian Album

“In my opinion this is one of the finest works of photography of the Appalachian region that I have seen come into our Library in the past 23 years.  It portrays our lifestyle with unflinching honesty and integrity, both the poverty and the beauty of our lives.  I was especially  moved by the dignity and care with which Mr. Carter approached his subjects.  Too often photographers (and especially those working in the Appalachian area) treat their subjects with condescension and pity.  I found no hint of that in this work, only honest care and interest. Bravo to Mr. Carter on a wonderful book which I am sure will be a valuable asset to our collection.”

Carolea Newsome
Acquisitions Manager
University of Virginia-Wise
The Library at UVA-Wise


“Having done some time in Virginia with the Carter’s and the Cash’s and many of the less notorious  I thoroughly enjoyed the trip through your book.  As a “piece” it struck me as being novelistic.  The epilogue constituted a happy ending. The photograph of Paul Middleton, the coal miner, says everything I feel about Virginians past and present. I would be honored to share a cup of coffee with you.”

Tom T. Hall
Franklin, TN


“I have just finished going through your Appalachian Album for the second time, reading
every word, really having time to study the photographs. You are to be commended for such a powerful masterpiece!  Most of what I’ve seen of the mountain people has been demeaning, and you manage to give them dignity and grace despite their surroundings.”

David Sieg
ZFX Productions
Asheville, NC