The Mississippi Delta has been called "the most southern place on earth." This fertile expanse of flat land sprawls along the Mississippi River from Memphis, Tennessee, southward to Vicksburg, Mississippi. Culturally rich, the Delta is the land where the blues began.

Award-winning photographer Magdalena Solé spent a year interviewing and photographing hundreds of residents in the Mississippi Delta. The deep connection she felt comes through in the compelling images in this book. Solé captures their personal dignity, resilience, and resourcefulness, along with the closeness of family and community she found among them.

“Ms. Solé’s lushly colorful and formally striking images are Clarksdale’s soundtrack, they electrify.” - The Wall Street Journal

"New Delta Rising is a stunning portrait of the Mississippi Delta that captures both the voices and faces of a people, their homes, and their landscape with hauntingly beautiful images. Magdalena Solé is an exceptionally gifted photographer whose rich, color images bring clarity and new understanding to this complex region." --William R. Ferris, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • "It’s some of the best digital work I’ve ever seen and it’s all with a Leica." Mary Ellen Mark
  • "The book is a gem!" Elisabeth Biondi
  • Click HERE to view Sample
  • Photography by Magdalena Sole
  • Introduction by Rick Bragg
  • Text by Barry H. Smith and Tom Lassiter
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publishers: University Press of Mississippi and The Dreyfus Health Foundation
  • Language: English
  • US Release: January 2012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617031502
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches

  • Price: $38 plus shipping and applicable tax for VT residents