Falisfying Images: A Misrepresentation of Appalachian Culture

Image is “Facilitating history”  In the documentary, The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia. the audience assumes that the images provided by Shelby Adams are a true document of a time long gone. That they are factual instead of fictional.

Infact in the image above, Shelby purchased the hog for the Napler family and they participated in a hog slaughter which they had not done in years. Since 1948. Shelby Adams would like the viewer to see this as historical rather then recent. Note the shoes and the baseball cap in the back.