If you live around Berea there’s a good chance Warren Brunner or one of his daughters took your pictures. The family studio has been in the southern Madison County town since the 1950’s.
But, it’s a different part of Brunner’s life as photographer that has carved his legacy. This week, on Kentucky’s Backroads, we sit down with Brunner as he thumbs through his amazing archives of ten of thousands of pictures he took documenting the War on Poverty in the 1960’s.
“It’s just like Brady documenting the Civil War, you know, at the time you don’t realize it,” Brunner said of the historic significance of the work he was doing at the time.
The late American poet, James Still, said “Brunner has helped Appalachia see and remember itself.”
Brunner approached the people he took pictures of with a simple philosophy: "You know, part of the thing is to show life with dignity,” said Brunner.
A collection of his photographs is on display through August 3 at the Berea College Appalachian Center.