Why We Are Here : Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City, Hardback Book

Why We Are Here : Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City Hardback


Entranced by Edward O. Wilson's mesmerizing evocation of his Southern childhood in The Naturalist and Anthill, Alex Harris approached the scientist about collaborating on a book about Wilson's native world of Mobile, Alabama.

Perceiving that Mobile was a city small enough to be captured through a lens yet old enough to have experienced a full epic cycle of tragedy and rebirth, the photographer and the naturalist joined forces to capture the rhythms of this storied Alabama Gulf region through a swirling tango of lyrical words and breathtaking images.

With Wilson tracing his family's history from the Civil War through the Depression-when mule-driven wagons still clogged the roads-to Mobile's racial and environmental struggles to its cultural triumphs today, and with Harris stunningly capturing the mood of a radically transformed city that has adapted to the twenty-first century, the book becomes a universal story, one that tells us where we all come from and why we are here.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages, 115 color photographs; 3 maps
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
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  • Category: Photographs: collections
  • ISBN: 9780871404701



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