Hattiesburg, MS photographer Betty Press (see image above) is having a fine 2015, and its only September.
Already this year, Press has had work from her portfolio Mississippi: The Place Where I Live included in the fall 2015 issue of SxSE Magazine and on the blog feature shoot (see image above).
In early summer, she was recognized with an Award of Excellence for her work in the Mississippi Collegiate Art Faculty Juried Exhibition at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, in Laurel, MS.
Press also had work in the 2015 edition of the SlowExposures photography show, which opened this weekend in Pike County, Georgia, and was named one of the Award Winners for her image Cake Walk (see above).
Press also had work in Ain't Bad Magazine's retrospective issue From Here On, published in May of 2015, and has had work accepted for exhibition in Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, in a show that opened September 25th and will be up until November 18th, 2015.
Press will join Katie Archibald-Woodward, Mark Caceres, Bhargava Chiluveru, Frank Fuerst, Debra Jansen, Ning Ma, Jamie Maciuszek, Cooper Joel Penn, Sandra-Lee Phipps, Lais Pontes, Jessica Rech, Jerry Siegel, Todd Suttles, and Michael ten Pas in this show, sponsored by the Atlanta Photography Group.
Also in Atlanta, Press will have work in the Mary Stanley Selects exhibition, opening
Press's work in Mississippi will also be featured in F-Stop Magazine in October -- watch for that!
This work in Mississippi has also been featured in RfotoFolio, which included an engaging interview exploring Press's long career as a photographer.
Here we learn that Press comes to her current work from a unique perspective, having been a photographer in Africa for years before coming to the heart of the African diaspora in Mississippi.
While in Africa, we learn, Press worked as a free-lance photographer, where she made some of the iconic images (see above) of our time.
Press also did personal work in Africa (see image above), work which this year earned her a place on the list of finalists for the Critical Mass Competition in 2015.
We are fortunate to have Press at work in Mississippi.
Her exceptional eye, fine skills as a photographer, and unique perspective on the South she now calls home all suggest she has much more to show us as she continues to make meaning of our land.