War, West Virginia (2007)

mike andrick appalachia

From May until October in 2007, I lived near the town of War, West Virginia in southern McDowell County. While a popular (and controversial) destination for photographers looking for images of the people living in conditions all too common in Appalachia, McDowell County is home to people aware of the issues they face. As a proud native of West Virginia, my goal in doing this project was to share the stories of working-class families that remain committed to their home despite the region’s economic, environmental and cultural struggles.

This small selection of images taken in McDowell County are from an exhibition called “Left Alone: The Fear and Pride of Appalachia” that has been shown in Charleston, West Virginia, and Austin, Texas.

mike andrick appalachia

mike andrick appalachia

mike andrick appalachia

mike andrick appalachia

mike andrick appalachia

mike andrick appalachia

mike andrick appalachia

mike andrick appalachia

mike andrick appalachia

mike andrick appalachia

mike andrick appalachia

mike andrick appalachia

mike andrick appalachia