Delta Time

Smithsonian Institution Press

Delta Time is a photographic journey through the poorest communities of the Mississippi Delta. The images show a passion for detail and compassion for the subjects in a land where times have brought little change. The legacy of sharecropping, racism and poverty in the Deep South are captured in more than 100 dutone images.

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Cotton Choppers
Cotton Choppers
Sherard Plantation

Sherard, Mississippi 1992

Dancing Saturday Night at Margaret's Blue Diamond Club
Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1991

Abandoned Plantation Shack
Mississippi Delta, 1989

River Baptism
Moon Lake
Coahoma County, Mississippi, 1989

Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Coahoma County, Mississippi 1989

Woman in Bed
Miss Ruth Ann
70 years old

Jonestown, Mississippi 1989

All photographs ©1999 Ken Light
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