Friday, July 27, 2012

Kate Medley at the Center for the Study of the American South

Durham, NC-based photographer Kate Medley has a show of her images called "Southern Foods from the Backroads and Byways," now up at the University of North Carolina's Center for the Study of the American South.

The Center is at 410 East Franklin Street, in Chapel Hill. The show is up now through August 15th, 2012.

Medley's day job is to photograph portraits of local farmers for Whole Foods. Her portraits of farmers hang above the produce or fruits they have grown.

She has also done documentary work for the Southern Foodways Alliance, a nonprofit that celebrates Southern food traditions.

You can see more of this work here.

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Medley studied photography at the University of Montana and the University of Mississippi.

She is no stranger to the complexities of Southern culture, having done a major project while at Ole Miss taking portraits of those opposed to the Civil Rights movement, including segregationist politicians and former Ku Klux Klan members.

In 2005, while working for the Jackson Free Press, she covered the trial of Edgar Ray Killen, who helped orchestrate the murder of three civil rights workers in 1964

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