Tuesday, December 5, 2023

John Cofield's Oxford and Ole Miss: A Town Larger Than Lafayette County

If I write longer than usual then the middle knuckle on my index finger hurts just a little. I know an Oxford painter who claims her arm gets slightly sore at times. A photographer I follow says his back hurts a bit if he has to shoot a long wedding and reception.
But as for Bill Beckwith, the current Dean of Oxford’s artists, he earns his money! He does good old-fashioned work. He arrived in Taylor around 1982 and along with the catfish house, and later Plein Air, he’s put that town on a map larger than Lafayette County.

John Cofield is a HottyToddy.com writer and one of Oxford’s leading folk historians. He is the son of renowned university photographer, Jack Cofield. His grandfather, J.R. “Colonel” Cofield, was William Faulkner’s personal photographer and for decades was the Ole Miss yearbook photographer. Cofield attended Ole Miss as well.
Check out Cofield’s new book: Oxford, Mississippi ~ The Cofield Collection — a pictorial history book with John’s writing on the history to go along with the photos.
Contact John at Johnbcofield@gmail.com.
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