Photographs by Warren Brunner and Reflections by Al Fritsch
Mountain Moments is a compelling tribute by Warren Brunner to the people of Appalachia. Within the 168 glossy pages of this book, one will find full-color images of magnificent waterfalls, beautiful mountains, peaceful lake and river views, family life and serene scenes of the Appalachian area. Al Fritsch has provided reflections and verses for each section that are uplifting and inspiring. This volume overflows with more than 270 stunning color images showcasing the people, places and natural wonders of the Appalachian region (including Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and more). This large 12” x 9” hardback coffee-table volume will no doubt be treasured by all Americans since it portrays values we all hold dear.
About the Photographer – Warren Brunner, a native of Wisconsin, came to Berea, Kentucky in 1954. It became the home of Brunner Portrait Studio from which Warren is “retired” and is now run by his youngest daughter, Kara Beth. Warren and his wife, Pat, have three daughters: Gwen, Scharme and Kara Beth, all of whom have careers in the arts. He also has four grandchildren.
In April 2007 Michael Hughey, presented Warren a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Berea. Warren has spent more than fifty years of photographic work chronicling the folkways, the land, the seasons, the people, and the culture of the Appalachian region. He has produced documentary photography for more than thirty government and non-profit organizations. Warren’s work has been featured in several books such as Down to Earth Spirituality and Appalachia: A Meditation with Al Fritsch, S.J., Appalachian Values with Loyal Jones and Mountain Holiness with wife, Pat, as one of the co-authors.
About the Author – Al Fritsch, SJ is a native Kentuckian who has worked for over three decades in the Appalachian Mountains and with the Appalachian people – and he continually learns wisdom from both.
He is a chemist by training and the co-founder of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (DC) and Appalachia – Science in the Public Interest (KY). He has focused on environmental issues and is the author of a number of books, e.g., Healing Appalachia: Sustainable Living through Appropriate Technology and Ecotourism in Appalachia (University Press of Kentucky), Down to Earth Spirituality (Sheed & Ward), and Appalachia: A Meditation (Loyola University Press). The last two include black-and-white photographs by Warren Brunner.
Since 2004, Al Fritsch has written “daily reflections” and a variety of environmental “special issues” on his website, earthhealing.info. He also pastors two mountain parishes at Ravenna and Stanton, Kentucky, and ministers to prisoners at the Manchester, Kentucky federal correctional institutions.
“Brunner has helped Appalachia see and remember itself.” – James Still, Author
“If we had the practice in this country of recognizing master artisans – as they do in Japan – as ‘living treasures,’ Warren would be and is one of Kentucky’s living treasures.” – Michael Hughey, Southern Highland Craft Guild (when presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Brunner)
“All lovers of the Appalachian region and its people should have a copy of this book. Warren Brunner’s splendid and timeless photographs and Al Fritsch’s insightful reflections on the land and people and his scriptural references and prayers will heighten our awareness of the beauty and worth of this place and people and inspire us to do more to correct mistakes of the past and assure a bright future.” – Loyal Jones, Retired Director, Berea College Appalachian Center
12" x 9" hardbound, with full-color dust jacket
168 glossy pages in full color with 270 photographs
Keith Steele, Acclaim Press Publisher, delivers books to the author.