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Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down

A project in Brooklyn, NY by Eugene Richards

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A book of photographs and writing that speaks of impoverishment, memory, and the preciousness of life.
Backers: 485
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Funded: $68,985 of $40,000
Dates: Sep 30th -> Oct 30th (30 days)
Project By: Eugene Richards
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Notes from the road: The road home

October 29th - via:
When I turned onto Bucklake Road, I saw them: four kids with two dogs silhouetted against the sun, heading home. I got out of my car. As I walked closer, the little boy— his name is Cordarious—turned around, stood staring at me. He didn’t move... (Read More)

Notes from the road: The funeral of Eddie Collins

October 28th - via:
The first time I photographed a dead man was at Logan’s Mortuary in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1970. I started out using my camera the way a frightened child uses his hands, holding it up against my face for protection. The nakedness and frailty of... (Read More)

Notes from the road: The housekeeper

October 27th - via:
There was a vacuum cleaner in the room, a red one off to one side, a bed being aired out, a TV that had been left on, but because of the reflections, I could just barely see them. And because I couldn’t see her face, all I knew about the... (Read More)

Notes from the road: The supervisor

October 26th - via:
Forty years ago you’d round the corner into the cotton fields and see lines of men, women and children bent over the snowy white plants. Working mostly in silence and dripping with sweat, they would strip the fist-sized bolls from the stems,... (Read More)

Notes from the road: The road to Porter Lee's

October 25th - via:
“My husband, he was born in 1907. When him and me first got to meeting, we was down in the woods. I was young, about fifteen, and he mostly raised me. Finally Mr. Will—I call him Mr. Will—and me got married. I been married just the one time.... (Read More)

Notes from the road: Mr. Will

October 24th - via:
“All my life I been a working man; I was working as a sharecropper. Cotton crops I picked. Me and my family picked sometimes three, four, five bales a day. The bales weighed five hundred pounds. But I wouldn’t see none, though, no sir. The big... (Read More)

Notes from the road: The bedroom

October 23rd - via:
There was almost a pleading quality to Reverend Landers’ voice when he asked if I would take his picture. “It will go right there,” he said, pointing to a patch of wallboard hung with angel wings made of crepe paper and a cross fashioned from... (Read More)

Notes from the road: Abandoned farmhouse

October 21st - via:
It’s what I go searching for when I return. It stood far out in a cotton field, hidden in an overgrowth of trees, bushes, vines and tall, stringy grass that crowded and threatened to push it over. The old farmhouse had been split by lightning. The... (Read More)

Notes from the road: Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

October 16th - via:
I was driving on a country road just north of Lehi when I spotted them on the porch of an abandoned and broken-into house: a pair of startlingly red shoes that in the hazy yellowish April light appeared to almost float. The shoes immediately, of... (Read More)

Notes from the road: Doll's Head

October 14th - via:
Reverend Landers was an impoverished, sometimes uncontrolled and incoherent man who was on a mission to preach the gospel to anyone who'd listen, while his wife was desperately shy. They had three children. Sammy, the oldest, was a solitary boy with... (Read More)

Notes from the road: Billy D. Harris

October 13th - via:
I met up with Billy D. Harris at the country store in Aubrey, then followed him out into the cotton fields. There was a slight breeze before sunrise, but once the mist and shadows lifted, it grew so hot everyone on his work crew was dripping with... (Read More)

Notes from the road: Isaiah McGowan

October 11th - via:
The sun wasn’t up and there was a layer of fog over the cotton fields, so no one could see me. I squatted down and began feeling around for the remains of Corrine McGowan’s house. The house had been a two-room tenant farmer shack that she’d... (Read More)

Notes from the road: Peter’s Rock Church

October 10th - via:
Before presenting another picture from the book, we should tell you the good news:we've reached the stretch goal of $47,000, which will allow us to produce an additional run of books for donation to educational and social organizations that might... (Read More)

Notes from the road: Tornado Weather

October 9th - via:
There were days last summer you would have thought you were living at the time of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. It was 103 degrees in Lee County; heat waves, precious soil, and bits of trash were rising off the fields. Now this morning the sky is a... (Read More)

Notes from the road: Mrs. Viola Perkins

October 8th - via:
I was driving away from the cotton gin in Widener when I caught sight of an elderly woman sitting out alone on her porch. I introduced myself, then asked her her name; it was Viola Perkins. When I asked Mrs. Perkins if I could take her picture, she... (Read More)

Thank you so much for making this possible

October 7th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Notes from the road: Zenoria

October 6th - via:
It was late May and not all that hot and muggy in the front room of the PM&A Auto Body shop in Brinkley, not with the big industrial fan set on high. One by one, men and women just back from work or with nothing much else to do wandered in to... (Read More)

Notes from the road: Reverend Landers

October 5th - via:
Reverend Horace Landers was tall, thin as a slat of wood, impoverished, possessed. In his hours-long Sunday sermons when he spoke of the world as he saw it, of the pitiable and as yet enslaved human condition, his voice was little more than a child's... (Read More)

Notes from the road: Kequsha

October 4th - via:
Jeannette Kern's house in Crawfordsville is on a plot of land between a rice field and a creek that's full of fish and snapping turtles in the spring drying up by fall. While sharing a beer with her husband-to-be Manuel, who'd just come in from... (Read More)

An amazing first day

October 1st - via:
Because this is something so very new to me, it's difficult to articulate a proper thank you for your kind support. Let's just say that I am extremely pleased and surprised by the positive reception to our project. In response to some inquiries from... (Read More)

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