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—Ken Burns, Award-winning documentary filmmaker


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THE OXFORD PROJECT
Photographs by Peter Feldstein
Text by Stephen G. Bloom
256 pages, 9" x 11 ¼"
more than 200 b/w photographs
Trade Paperback with flaps
$29.95 ($34.00 CAN)
ISBN: 978-1-59962-087-9

THE OXFORD PROJECT
(Hardcover Edition)
Photographs by Peter Feldstein
Text by Stephen G. Bloom
264 pages, 12.7" x 10.5"
300 b/w photographs, Lenticular cover
Hardcover, $50.00 (57.50 CAN)
Winner 2009 Alex Award
ISBN: 978-1-59962-048-0

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The Alex Award-winning The Oxford Project is back in an abridged paperback edition and rapidly becoming a model for grassroots community projects nationwide. Schools, libraries, museums, and theaters are using this profoundly intriguing book to engage their communities in an effort to get to know each other more deeply.

The Oxford Project began in 1984 when artist Peter Feldstein set out to photograph every single resident of his town, Oxford, Iowa (pop. 676). He converted an abandoned storefront on Main Street into a makeshift studio and posted fliers inviting people to stop by. At first the residents trickled in slowly, but in the end nearly all of Oxford stood before his lens.

Twenty years later, Feldstein did it again, re-photographing as many of the original residents as he could locate—only this time, his neighbors didn't just pose, they talked. With astonishing honesty, the people of Oxford shared their memories, fantasies, failures, secrets, and fears with Feldstein and writer Stephen G. Bloom, who compiled their words into the poignant, short, first-person narratives that accompany their portraits.



Since its original publication in Fall 2008, The Oxford Project has been performed in cities from Berkeley to New York's The American Place Theatre, exhibited in Kansas City and Des Moines, and adopted for school projects in Memphis and Iowa City. At once personal and universal, surprising and familiar, simple and profound, if ever there has been a book to bring communities together, The Oxford Project is it.



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