From Charleston to Savannah

Photography by Bob Krist
Essay by Cecily McMillan

Lowcountry: From Charleston to Savannah (Graphic Arts Center Publishing)

Graphics Arts Center Publishing (2004). 112pp. 9.375 x 12.375 inches. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 1-55868-796-3.

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From the Book Jacket

About the Book

The region known as the Lowcountry is a place like no other. It runs approximately from Charleston, South Carolina, to Savannah, Georgia, and includes more than one thousand islands, swirling networks of rivers and estuaries, and a shoreline so long and complex that no accurate accounting has ever been made.

It is a magical region, steeped in history and culture. There is Charleston, which has been a regional capital for more than three hundred years, a city with an architecture inventory as rich and abundant as any city in North America, a place that “has long considered itself the center of a world, a place apart, with all the detachment, self-regard, and romantic isolation that come with the condition.”

Roughly one hundred miles to the south lies Savannah, an irreverent city, which has gained recent fame as the loving subject of the best-selling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. General William Tecumseh Sherman ended his Civil War “March to the Sea” campaign at Savannah, and was so taken with the city's beauty and its sociability that, rather than burn it to the ground, he took up residence there and in a famous 1864 telegram offered it as a Christmas gift to President Lincoln.

In between these two noble Southern cities lies the heart of rural Lowcountry, the sea island gems of Beaufort, Edisto, and Bluffton, and the world-famous resorts of Hilton Head Island.

In Lowcountry: From Charleston to Savannah, award-winning photographer Bob Krist and travel writer and Beaufort County resident Cecily McMillan explore everything from architecture and culture to the coastal scenery and world-renowned golf courses of the region. Packed with one hundred stunning color photographs of people, places, and scenery, Lowcountry is a breathtaking, illustrated narrative of one of the country's most historically flamboyant regions.

About the Creators

Bob Krist is a freelance photographer who works regularly on assignment for magazines such as National Geographic Traveler Smithsonian, and Islands. He has won the title of “Travel Photographer of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers, and he was honored at the Eisenstadt Awards for Magazine Photography in the Travel Category.

His book Spirit of Place: The Art of the Traveling Photographer was hailed by American Photographer magazine as “the best book about travel photography we've ever read.” In Tuscany, which spent a month on the New York Times Best-Seller List, is a collaboration with author Frances Mayes and features Krist's photographs of the region. He is also the photogapher for Caribbean and Portrait of the Caribbean (Graphic Arts Center Publishing), A Photo Tour of New York, Secrets of Lighting on Location, and Impressions of Bucks CountyImpressions of Bucks County.

Cecily McMillan has researched and written about the history, culture, and politics of the Lowcountry for more than twenty years, in articles for the New York Times Travel Section, National Geographic Traveler, Southern Changes, Southern Exposure, and other publications. Although not a Southerner by birth, McMillan has come to appreciate the Lowcountry as a unique place whose history, architecture, complex culture, and compelling natural beauty turn casual visitors into devoted admirers.

She has served on boards and commissions in Beaufort County, South Carolina, where she and her son have an historic home. Her gravel guide, Charleston, Savannah and the Coastal Islands, is now in its fifth edition.

Jacket design: Elizabeth M. Watson.

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