Saturday, February 4, 2023

Cofield on Oxford — OXFORD "AMERICANA"

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The beautiful homes of Oxford make for compelling photographs.

Cofields spend their whole lives looking at, and for, photographs.

Not pictures…but photographs. Good pictures are a dime-a-million, but great photographs only come from a soul with what Dad and Granddad would use as the highest compliment they could give a fellow photographer, “a damn fine eye.”

When you’re looking for glimpses of the heart’s past, the warmth of feeling that comes is only found in photographs that can reach there. Photographs with heart.
I’ve got their “damn fine eye” for the shot. But it isn’t needed when I find myself going back to a set of black and white photos that widened my eye the first time I saw them, and still do.

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The history of the town is a history of its shops and people.

Deborah Freeland’s Oxford Square photographs, covering the decade from 1975 to ’85, are worthy of any collection. Her shot of Rowan Oak in the snow is a masterpiece. These photographs capture, in warm shades, the richness of our home town. It’s lure of family, fellowship and community are all there. But beyond Oxford, Deborah found true Americana. And knew it when she saw it because, she has “a damn fine eye!”
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Race relations and the struggle for equality is part of the Oxford pictorial story.

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In small-town America patriotism is a great virtue and it still is in Oxford.

See these wonderful Oxford photographs and many more quality shots at Deborah Freeland Photography @
Courtesy of John Cofield. John Cofield is a writer and one of Oxford’s leading folk historians. He is the son of renowned university photographer Jack Cofield. His grandfather, “Col.” J. R. Cofield, was William Faulkner’s personal photographer and for decades was Ole Miss yearbook photographer. Cofield attended Ole Miss as well. Contact John at