Soul Calling by Joel Pickford
A Photographic Journey through the Hmong Diaspora

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An intimate look into the world of the Hmong

The result of five years of courageous and heartfelt commitment, Soul Calling opens our eyes to the beauty, resilience and daily lives of the Hmong people, so recently displaced from their traditional homeland by the traumas of the Vietnam War.

From the rice harvests and funerals of remote Hmong villages in the mountains of Laos to the shamanic ceremonies and overflowing apartment-complex vegetable gardens of Hmong Americans living in Fresno, writer and photographer Joel Pickford leads us into a world of deep-rooted custom and the harsh realities of cultural adaptation. His exquisite photographs and intimate stories take us into living rooms and through the memories of a remarkable people.


About Joel Pickford

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Joel Pickford is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and author. His work can be seen at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Fresno Art Museum, and the Weston Gallery, among other collections. His documentary films have been broadcast on PBS stations throughout the country. In 2005, Joel received grants from the California Council for the Humanities and the James Irvine Foundation to document the Hmong refugee culture of Central California and Northern Laos. He holds an interdisciplinary master's degree in Documentary Studies and Southeast Asian Studies from California State University, Fresno, and his scholarly research also includes ethnographic fieldwork on Laotian language and culture.
Published September 1, 2012 by Heyday. 280 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Travel.

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