For Bill Chapman Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama represents the color of baseball. Over the course of 12 years Chapman has visited and photographed America’s oldest baseball park and its visitors. His friend, Dr. Ernest Withers, the master of social documentary photography who photographed the civil rights movement, told Bill Chapman countless stories of the Negro Leagues in Memphis and Birmingham. Withers introduced Chapman to the world of the Memphis Red Sox and the Birmingham Black Barons as well as Rickwood Field.
Book Design: Meg Birnbaum
Sequence: Jessica Hauserman
Photographs and Artist Statement & History of Rickwood: Bill Chapman