‘Choo Choo’ sits for a portrait with his Bible outside of his home near Alligator, Miss., in February, 2012. Choo Choo collects old books and stores them in a weathered trunk out behind his home in Alligator. On each of my visits he'll present me with the newest addition to his collection. It might be an encyclopedia from the mid-eighties or a book about the history of African Americans in World War I, but on this particular day he produced his most prized possession, a large, gold leaf Bible and requested that his portrait be taken with it.
This is @brandonthibodeaux from Dallas, TX. This week I am sharing work from my book, In That Land of Perfect Day, released by @redhookeditions . It is based upon my long-term photographic project, When Morning Comes, and comprises over eight years of living with and documenting the lives of African American families across the northern Mississippi Delta in towns with names like Alligator, BoBo, and Duncan as well as the United States' oldest completely African American municipality, Mound Bayou, MS.
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