Wednesday, July 16, 2014

S[x]SE for Summer 2014

The latest issue (Volume IX, Issue 4) of South by South East (S[x]SE) Photography Magazine is now out for July/August 2014, and it has all the fine photography and engaging features we have come to expect from S[x]SE.

Editor Nancy McCrary features in this issue portfolios of work that all deal in one way or another with the subject of the food and water of the American South.

She opens, however, with a fine interview with the distinguished Southern photographer Burk Uzzle, former shooter for Magnum and Life, who now lives and works in Wilson, NC.

Uzzle continues to have a brilliant career as a photographer, but he is perhaps best known for making the image shown above, at the Woodstock Festival, only 45 years ago.

Portfolios offered here on food are by the photographers Dan Routh, Tom Meyer, Raymond Grubb (see image above), and Rob Amberg.

Portfolios of work on the theme of water are by the photographers Raymond Grubb (getting a twofer),Paul Hagedorn, Bryce Lankard (see image second below), David Foster, Susan Friedland (see image below), Tim Lewis, Lorrie Dallek, Evan Leavitt, Lisa Eveleigh, Marla Puziss, Todd Smith, Kevin Thrasher, Margaret B. Smith, Don Norris (see image above), and Tom Meyer (another twofer).

In addition to all this excellent photography, there are interviews with Brett Abbott, Amanda Smith, and Andy Cotton, as well as all the other features we have come to expect, and value, from S[x]SE.

And you can have access to all this fine -- and award-winning -- work for a very reasonable fee, a very reasonable fee indeed.

To subscribe, to do the right thing, go here.

Don't put it off any longer. We Southern photographers need to support our basic institutions,

You know you should subscribe. You know it, you really do. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Southern Photographers in the News -- Early Summer 2014

First, the Good News of the season --

1. Savannah, GA-based photographer Kory Jean Kinsley (see image above) has been named Honorable Mention Winner in the Lenscratch 2014 Student Photography Competition.

 Kinsley is a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design and an editorial assistant for Aint-Bad Magazine.

Congratulations to Kinsley on this fine achievement, as well as on the substantial body of fine work she has assembled at such an early age. 

2. Aint-Bad Magazine, an on-line-and-in-print magazine about photography, has begun publication and is now up to its 7th print issue. It was started in Savannah. Looks really first-class, but this is the first I have heard of it.

Glad to catch up with these folks.

3. Athens, GA-based photographer Mark Steinmetz (See image above) has a show of his work up now in Brussels at the Box Gallerie, through early July.

His work has also been featured in the journal L'oeil de la Photographie.

5. Macon, GA-based photographer Adam Smith (see image above) has been featured in a story/interview in No Depression, the on-line magazine about roots musicians. 

5. The photographer featured on Jeff Rich's ongoing series Eyes on the South on the Oxford American blog since last we checked is David Barfield (see image above).

Jeff has now done 3 "Best of the Eyes of the South" listings, and we will pull together a list of those who made it to Jeff's short list, in due time and season.

Finally, the Sad News of the Season

The estimable Kat Kiernan has announced that her gallery in Lexington, VA, The Kiernan Gallery, will close its doors on August 1st, 2014.

Kiernan is moving to NYC and putting her considerable energies on the print and online magazine Don’t Take Pictures and her other photography-related activities.

This is all well and good, and a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do, and if you can make it in NYC you can make it anywhere, and Kat Kiernan is a Fine Person, exceptionally able, organized, creative, and imaginative, who deserves to thrive and prosper and to find her own way in the world.

But, still, one dreams of a time when a place like Lexington would support and sustain a person like Kiernan and an enterprise like the Kiernan Gallery for the long as well as the short term.

Maybe in a place like Atlanta photography galleries can come and go and the impact is not dramatic.

But in the smaller cities, when a gallery folds up, there is a tear in the cultural fabric that is hard to repair.

We had a photography gallery here in Raleigh for several years, and it nourished the local community of photographers as well as providing an outlet for our work. It closed, and has not been replaced. We are the poorer for that.

One hopes that places like Lexington, or for that matter, any of the smaller cities in the South, can be their own places, alongside NYC, as incubators for folk's energy and creativity and celebration of the arts.

That time is not yet. But we can still dream.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Anne Berry is Having a Great 2014, and It's Only June

Atlanta-based photographer Anne Berry is having a terrific 2014, and the year is not yet half over.

Her haunting images of primates have appeared in exhibitions and publications across the country and around the world.

They are also about to appear in a book Through Glass, due out at the end of July from North Light Press (publication information here).

Each copy of the published book will also include an original, hand-pulled photogravure print of one of Berry's images.

Berry has also had work juried into the Houston Center for Photography's annual Membership Exhibition, opening at the HCP on July 11th, 2014 and up through September 7th.

Her work in this show has received the Beth Block Foundation Award for being among the top portfolios in the show.

She also has work in the exhibit Center: The Choice Awards, now up at the Center for Contemporary Arts, in Santa Fe, NM, through August 2014.

Berry won one of the top prizes in this year's Center Award's competition.

Juror Malcolm Daniel, Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, said of Berry's work that her "photographs of our primate cousins kept pulling me back with their deep sense of empathy. . . . . . the compelling subject matter and beautiful craft of Berry’s photographs won me over."

Recent exhibitions of this work include a show now up at the Unlimited Grain Gallery, in the Netherlands, a show just concluded at Art Vilnius in Lithuania, and a show of work by 31 Contemporary Photographers, an exhibition of winners and finalists from the LensCulture Competition for 2013, at the London College of Communication.

Berry warmed up for this year by placing among the Photo Lucida Critical Mass Top 50 awardees in 2013.

Her winning work was included in shows of the Critical Mass Top 50 at the Cordon Potts Gallery, in March of this year, and at the Houston Center for Photography in May of this year.

She also had work in the Currents show at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in New Orleans, in December of 2013.

Berry has published work from the Through Glass portfolio in the following publications in 2014:

SEITES Magazine, Rfoto Folio, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Viralnova,  Feature Shoot, PetaPixel,Square Magazine,  Beautiful Decay, Internazionale, Slate Magazine, and F-Stop Magazine.

This remarkable level of interest in Berry's work is strong testimony to the compelling power of her work. It is all richly deserved.

And who knows what the rest of the year may bring?  We will try to keep you posted.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Raymond Smith and Modern Memory

One of the singular joys of photography is its ability to put us in front of times and places we once knew but see no longer.

New Haven's Raymond Smith was active as a photographer in the South in the 1970's, producing a portfolio of compelling B&W images of places and people and things.

He now is about to have a show of this work, with the title In Time We Shall Know Ourselves, opening at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, in Alabama, this weekend, on June 14th,  up through September 21st, 2014.

The show will then travel to four other Southern museums, on a tour running through 2016.

Its next stop will be at the Hickory Museum of Art, opening October 5, 2014, with a reception and gallery talk on October 26th.

These images will also soon appear in a book with the title In Time We Shall Know Ourselves, published by Peter Falk, with essays by Richard H. King and Alexander Nemerov.

To get your copy, contact Peter Hastings Falk, Publisher, Rediscovered Masters, P.O. Box 833, Madison, CT 06443, or by email at

These images get the rural and small-town world of my youth just about right. Its good to see Smith's work getting the attention it deserves.

I do hope it is the case that in time we shall know ourselves. I'm not sure I'm there yet, but I do know these images evoke for me powerfully the world I'm from, and that's a help.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Photographing the Delta -- Thibodeaux, Richards, Eich

Some folks say the Delta region of Mississippi and Arkansas is the most Southern place in the South.

It certainly is one of the most photographed regions of the South, and one of the most rewarding places for Southern photographers to work.

Here are some recent examples of folks who've earned major recognition for work in the Delta.

1. Dallas-based photographer Brandon Thibodeaux (see image above) has been named by the New Orleans Photo Alliance the 2014 recipient of a grant supported annually by the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography.

Thibodeaux won this grant on the strength of his portfolio When Morning Comes, made in the Mississippi Delta.

The juror for this competition was Michael Famighetti, editor of Aperture, who said of Thibodeaux's work that it possesses "a quietness . . . from which it derives its strength.

"Religious symbolism threads the project: a modest church’s facade at night is illuminated by a street lamp; light cascades through cloud cover onto the Mississippi; light, almost magically, illuminates the beads adorning a young girl’s braids.

"The project alludes to past history and fraught racial politics that continue to mark the region, but mostly illuminates closely observed rhythms of daily life, community, and pride of place."

One of Thibodeaux's images from this portfolio was also featured as the PDN Photo of the Day on May 27th, 2014.

2. Honorary Southern Photographer Eugene Richards, also one of America's finest photographers, is having a show of his work made in the Arkansas Delta (see image above) from his portfolio Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down at the Stephen Daiter Gallery, Suite 404, 230 W. Superior Street, in Chicago, opening this week, on June 6th, and up through August 3rd, 2014.  

Richards' work in this portfolio dates from the late 1960's through the recent past, and embodies his reflections on his long and distinguished career as a photographer. 

A book of work from this portfolio, also called Red Ball of a  Sun Slipping Down, will be published later this summer. 

3. Norfolk, VA-based photographer Matt Eich (see image above) has been featured twice in PDN's Photo Annual 2014, in both cases because of work from his portfolio of work exploring race and class disparities in Greenwood, MS.

One of Eich's images was delcared one of the best examples of work for 2014 in documentary photography.

Eich was also named a finalist in the competition for the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, based on this work. 

Since most of the photographs made in the Delta are made by white folks, and most of their subjects are black, the practice of photography is itself entwined in issues of race and class.

But that's true of everything in the South.

 For some very interesting discussions of the Delta and of the Southern condition, also known as the Southern dilemma, go here, to an essay in the Atlantic.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Amanda Greene Comes Home

Athens, GA--based photographer Amanda Greene is now featured on the Bitter Southerner blog with work made since her return to the South after seventeen years in California.

Greene grew up in Georgia, then found her way to California for her education as a photographer and for the early stages of her career. 

Her work shows us the kinds of things that look distinctive to someone who has been away. Here, the ordinary becomes compelling, the familiar becomes strange.

Greene also has a great eye for light, especially that Southern light that is strong and pervasive and difficult to photograph.

We noticed Greene's work before, when she was featured on Jeff Rich's Eyes on the South, back in July of 2013.

Good to have this reminder of her fine work from the Bitter Southerner.

Monday, May 26, 2014

UPDATED -- Southern Photographers in the News -- Late Spring, 2014

Several items of interest at the mid-point of May:

1. Los Angeles-based -- but Southern educated -- photographer Kristin Bedford (see image above) has a major show of her work opening on May 30th, 2014, Daylight Project Space at 121 W. Margaret Lane, in Hillsborough, NC.

This show is entitled The Perfect Picture: A journey into the mystery and nature of enduring faith. For more information on the work, go here.

Bedford's work addresses basic issues in Southern history and culture, that is, as she puts it, the question "of where we live – the streets we walk down, the places we worship in, the homes we create, and the spaces between it all."

 2. The Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris has up now through July 27th, 2014 a major retrospective show of the work of Distinguished Southern Photographer Emmet Gowin (see image above).

Definitely worth a look, if your summer travels take you to Paris.

3. Nashville-based photographer Tamora Reynolds (see image above) has had work from her Southern Route portfolio chosen for inclusion in the  American Photography Annual, issue 29 and issue 30.

She will also have work in the Communication Arts Photography Annual for 2014 when it comes out later this year.

4. Fayetteville, GA-based photographer Donna Rosser has had a photograph (see image above) chosen through the Open to Interpretation competition as the cover art for the book Love + Lust, available here.

5. Dallas-based photographer Brandon Thibodeaux (see image above) has had work from his When Morning Comes portfolio featured on the New York Times' Lens blog, here.

6. Chapel Hill, NC-based photographer Lori Vrba (se image above) is interviewed in the latest issue of Art Photo Feature magazine, here. 

7. Atlanta-based photographer Kendra Elise (see image above) is touring the country this summer making tintype portraits and giving workshops in this ancient but still vital photographic practice.

There will be a send-off party for her travels at Fall Line Press, 675 Drewry Street, in Atlanta, Thursday, June 5th, 2014, from 6:00 pm.

8. Finally, for now, the photographers featured on Jeff Rich's ongoing series Eyes on the South on the Oxford American blog since last we checked are:

Sarah Hoskins (see image above)
Tracy Fish + Tim Hodge (see image below)

Glenn Hall (see image below)

Rich has now started a series of entries called "Best of Eyes on the South." The first of these compendiums of images is here.

As always, folks, more to come!