Author: Gregory Spaid
At the close of the nineteenth century approximately 42 percent of the workforce in the United States was involved in agriculture. One hundred years later, at the close of the twentieth century, that number dropped to less the two percent. A cultural revolution has occurred in rural America that may be going unnoticed by many. Gregory Spaid has made it a point to notice and to record in these eloquent photographs the visible signs of that change in the last decade of the twentieth century. But these plain and poetic photographs show us more than abandonment and loss; they also show the abiding elemental beauty of rural places that continues to exert its spiritual force on those who live on the land. This is a quality Spaid calls grace.