A CelebrationUnknown - 1999
There is something about wooden church that moves artists and writers to very personal acts of creation. Perhaps it's the grain of the wood or the flaking paint. Maybe it's the strict angles of the eaves and the way footsteps echo across the floor. Wooden Churches glows with the work of such famed photographers as Walker Evans, Russell Lee, Marion Post Wolcott, Gordon Parks, William Christenberry, and Tom Rankin and sings in the words of Eudora Welty, Raymond Carver, James Baldwin, Reynolds Price, Mark Twain, Carson McCullers, Lee Smith, Anne Tyler, John Irving, and Thomas Jefferson, among many others.
The images and words follow shared lives from birth to death as they unfold between the hallowed walls of wooden churches large and small: the marriages, the picnics, the baptisms, the political meetings, the funerals, the hoedowns, and even the military strategy sessions of General U.S. Grant.
In the tradition of Algonquin's bestselling Out on the Porch, Wooden Churches takes the reader up the steps, through the doorway, and down the aisle of hundreds of American wooden churches, old and new, fancy and plain, rich and poor.