A few weeks ago, we mentioned The Oxford Project, a book of portraits of the members of one small town, today and as they were twenty years ago, plus stories of what happened to them in the intervening years. The gallery of some of the photos demonstrates just how fascinating the result is (warning; if you go to the gallery, you may find yourself poring over these images for quite some time).
CBS Sunday Morning is fascinated by the result, too, and will feature the project on this week’s show. Here’s how they describe the segment:
If you have ever gone up to the attic or searched in a closet and found a treasure trove of old photos, you probably have sat in amazement looking at family and friends from years earlier. When you see them today, it almost seems as if they have traveled in a time warp. And that is exactly what the people of Oxford, Iowa, experienced after a university professor came to town in 1984 and took individual snapshots of them. He returned 20 years later to see how things have changed with the town folk. Needless to say, as correspondent Josh Landis finds out, a picture is indeed worth a thousand words.
- Hardcover: $50; 264 pages
- Publisher: Welcome Books (September 16, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 1599620480
- ISBN-13: 978-1599620480