From the Heads of the Hollers – Special Edition (9 1/2 x 12’’)

Shelby Lee Adams


Published August 2023
280 x 360 mm
176pp, 89 images
Hardback, clothbound cover
ISBN 978-1-910401-79-8

Standard edition available
Signed edition available
Special Edition 8×10” available

Each signed book comes with one handprinted 9.5 x 12″ silver gelatin print, signed, dated and numbered (verso and recto) by Shelby Lee Adams
Please add a note to your order specifying the print you want.

Print 1 (top) Edition of 30 The Jacob Boys, Garner, 1985 

Print 2 Edition of 30 John and Berthie, Beehive, 1988 


First 5 copies at a special pre-order price of £500.
When these have all sold, the price will revert to £600.

Price increases as edition is sold through.


Every summer for over 40 years, Shelby Lee Adams travelled to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky to take photographs. Now in his 70s, Adams has returned to his archive of unpublished images taken between 1974 and 2010. His aim was to print those which may have been previously overlooked, concerned that if he did not print them in his lifetime, the photographs would never be made. Nearly 90 of these unpublished photographs are included in his new book From the Heads of the Hollers—portraying the culture and people of his native land.

Adams’ intention when he first began to take pictures had been to ‘photograph what I knew’ . His annual summer trips allowed him to renew and relive his childhood in these mountains. He began by taking photographs of his grandparents, uncles and aunts, neighbours and friends. He then asked for introductions when he brought back photographs to distribute to those whose portraits he had taken. Introductions led to further introductions and  over the course of four decades he continued to work in this manner, photographing three, four or sometimes even five generations of the same families.

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