GONE: A Photographic Plea for Preservation pairs Nell Dickerson’s photographs of antebellum buildings in ruins with a short story by Shelby Foote. Robert Hicks wrote the introduction.
Photographer and architect Nell Dickerson began her exploration of antebellum homesteads with encouragement from her cousin-in-law—renowned Civil War historian and novelist Shelby Foote. Her passion for forgotten and neglected buildings became a plea for preservation.
Gone is a unique pairing of modern photographs and historical novella. Foote offers a heartbreaking look at one man’s loss as Union troops burn his home in the last days of the Civil War. Dickerson shares fascinating and haunting photographs, shining a poignant light on the buildings which survived Sherman’s burning rampage across the Confederacy, only to fall victim to neglect, apathy and poverty.
GONE is a powerfully moving volume that will change how you see the forgotten buildings that hide in obscurity across the Southern landscape. The book will be released in time to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War on April 12.
There will be an author’s talk and book signing at the Garden District Book Shop on Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 PM.
Garden District Bookshop
2727 Prytania St.
New Orleans, LA 70130