Documenting ermont s Culture
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.
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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.