My imagination makes me human
and makes me a fool;
it gives me all the world
and exiles me from it.
--Ursula K. Le Guin
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Robert Batey Photographs of Knoxville, TN

Jacques Gautreau Photographs of Knoxville, TN

NOTE: This page, primarily, is to celebrate Knoxville's literary history through photography of place, photos that have a "narrative voice," i.e., that tell a story or preserve soon-to-disappear landmarks. It is my feeling that if we don't understand where we have been, we will never make sense of where we are going. Photography, like literature and film, when it works well, expands one's view of life. My amateur photography may not, but I have included a couple of links to professionals whose work does just that. If you wish to use any of my photos for non-commercial purposes, pls credit me, Judy Loest.

JFG Coffee, Old City JFG & Southern Railway switching yard, Old City

The rail yards behind Knoxville's Old City are mentioned in Cormac McCarthy's Suttree. In James Agee's A Death in the Family, Rufus and his father Jay, returning from a Charlie Chaplin movie stop in the dark to look out over the Southern Railway tracks toward North Knoxville and hear the "restive assemblage of the train."

Old Gray Cemetery Old Gray Cemetery">

Old Gray Cemetery on Broadway, with its tree-lined curvilinear streets and Victorian architecture, is the burial place of Perez Dickinson, first cousin of Emily Dickinson, and Eliza Boond Hodgson, mother of Frances Hodgson Burnett. The angel marks the grave of Rosalie Coxe, 1863-1906, author of The Embassy Ball.

Krutch Park, Christmas '02Krutch Park, Market Square, endowed by TVA photographer, Charles Krutch in memory of his brother Joseph Wood Krutch, author, critic, naturalist, Columbia Univ professor, and winner of the 1955 National Book Award for nonfiction (Measure of Man). Charles Krutch, in his 1981 will, left one million dollars for the establishment of the park. It was a gem, a miniature Central Park, but was "upgraded" in 2002. Sadly, it is now a sidewalk.