Doc­u­ment­ing er­mont s Cul­ture

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into more books. Keep­ing busy I wrote Peo­ple of the Great Plains, Ver­mont Farm Women, The First Time I Saw Paris, Noth­ing Hardly Ever Hap­pens in Col­byville Ver­mont, and count­less more ar­ti­cles for var­i­ous mag­a­zines.

In 2011 there was still in­ter­est in Ver­mont Peo­ple, so at the age 78, I started to put to­gether A Life­time of Ver­mont Peo­ple: 208 pages with 60 por­traits and pro­files of ru­ral Ver­mon­ters. I ex­panded it to po­ets, writ­ers, and artists (even a ski­ing gov­er­nor). I re­al­ized that I was doc­u­ment­ing the era I grew up in and its quick dis­ap­pear­ance as Ver­mont be­came more ho­mog­e­nized and gen­tri­fied. So my legacy is Ver­mont’s legacy. This book is about the sixty years I spent writ­ing and pho­tograph­ing the peo­ple in this state. Many of the Ver­mon­ters whom I have writ­ten about in Ver­mont Peo­ple and Ver­mont Farm Wo­man are now icons of the in­de­pen­dent, ru­ral Ver­mon­ter whom one Los An­ge­les re­viewer called “an en­dan­gered species”.

I take great pride in the qual­ity of A Life­time of Ver­mont Peo­ple; I am hav­ing it printed by EBS in Italy; They are match­ing the color-pro­files for the book di­rectly from our pho­tos to get the best re­pro­duc­tions avail­able. The book is 9x10½ inches long with 200 pho­to­graphs and 60 sto­ries. The cover is cloth bound with gold em­broi­dery and fea­tur­ing two iconic pho­tos mak­ing this book for great dis­play. Many of the pro­files il­lus­trate the con­cerns of the Ver­mon­ters I in­ter­viewed. They un­der­stood that times were chang­ing, and that the tra­di­tions, cus­toms, and way of life they val­ued were be­ing prac­ticed less and less.

I spent the last part of 2011 and all of 2012 putting to­gether this book. I took new por­traits, in­ter­viewed these peo­ple and re-wrote old sto­ries. A Life­time of Ver­mont Peo­ple has sixty more pages then Ver­mont Peo­ple and the text is longer, for there is more to say and the sub­jects are not shy. In the back of the book there is a short es­say on the changes I have wit­nessed in Ver­mont dur­ing the past fifty years, and a brief his­tory of the book. Cur­rently A Life­time of Ver­mont Peo­ple is be­ing printed in Italy. Car­rie Cook, the de­signer, has done a great job of smooth­ing out the sto­ries so it is a seam­less jour­ney through the lives of these Ver­mon­ters, from the first to last pages. Kyle Green, my as­sis­tant, and I have got­ten the scans into great shape and the first proofs look fan­tas­tic. The book will be de­liv­ered to us in June 2013 and we will have a cel­e­bra­tion at Frog Hol­low State Craft Cen­ter in Burling­ton.

To see ex­cerpt from sto­ries click:http://www.sil­ver­print­ bout Peter Miller

Born in New York City in 1934 Miller was raised in New Jersey and Con­necti­cut. His mother moved the fam­ily to We­ston, er­mont in 1947. He went to Burr and Bur­ton Academy in Manch­ester. There were no pho­tog­ra­phy teach­ers at that time so he taught him­self.

He at­tended the Univer­sity of Toronto where he was se­lected by Yousuf arsh to as­sist him in Europe while he pho­tographed such peo­ple as Pi­casso, Al­bert Sch­weitzer, Pope John, Field Mar­shall Mont­gomery and other lu­mi­nar­ies.

In 1955 Miller was in­ducted into the US Army. He grad­u­ated first in his class from the Ft. Mon­mouth Sig­nal Corps pho­tog­ra­phy school and was as­signed to Paris as a pho­tog­ra­pher.

When Miller left Paris in 1958, he gave up pho­tog­ra­phy de­cid­ing to learn how to write. Within a year he was work­ing for LIFE Magazine as a re­porter.

Miller re­signed from LIFE to move with his fam­ily back to er­mont where he has con­tin­ued to write and pho­to­graph. He is known for his iconic black and white pho­to­graphs of na­tive er­mon­ters and coun­try scenes. He is the au­thor of eight books in­clud- ing The First Time I Saw Paris, Peo­ple of the Great Plains, er­mont Peo­ple, er­mont Farm Women and er­mont Gather­ing Places. His books have won nu­mer­ous na­tional awards and he was named 2006 er­mon­ter of the Year and hon­ored by the er­mont State Leg­is­la­ture for his doc­u­men­ta­tion of er­mont s cul­ture.

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