A PEOPLE APART by Kathleen Kenna


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Age Range: 8 & up
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 Breathtaking black-and-white photographs of Old Order Mennonite life, with an accompanying text that explores their culture in a slightly reverent tone: origins, churches, dress, leisure activities, work, etc. The photographs have a great deal to offer from a purely technical view as well their fascinating images: Captured by a modern eye and shot through a modern lens are clothes, buildings, and objects that seem to be from another time. Furthermore, the people, never before photographed, display an explicit reaction to the lens--excitement, amusement--in poses and expressions that are never found in the old photographs that the content of these most resembles. Visual contrasts--hand lotion and Joy of Gardening behind a woman sewing by kerosene lamps--vividly convey the enlightening contradictions that Kenna and Stawicki's first book amply records. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-395-67344-5
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1995