The Mississippi Delta is not the first place most people look to find beauty or inspiration. It’s a desolate region, teeming with poverty and crime. But, it is also a place where happiness thrives, religion prevails, and family is held sacred. In his landmark documentation of the region, chronicled in A Time Not Here, Norman Mauskopf captures it all. In stark, high contrast black and white photos, the viewer strolls into Po’ Monkey’s Lounge for a cold beer and is then baptized into the murky, cypress tree laden tributaries of the Mississippi River. Mauskopf accurately depicts a region whose clock has stopped mid 20th century, but somehow maintains everything else that is truly important. The book, first released in 1997, is a monumental achievement, and Graphis heralds it as a book that matters. Everyone should own a copy. To purchase, click here.