Wednesday, June 21, 2017

UPDATED -- Eyes on Main Street Residency -- Wilson, North Carolina

Looking for a residency to hone your skills in Southern photography? 

Eyes on Main Street, the photography festival held in Wilson, NC, is accepting applications for residencies in Wilson. 

Jerome De Perlinghi, director of Eyes on Main Street, has announced that he is inviting applications for six available positions for residencies of one month duration, with 3 places reserved for women and 3 for men. 

The goal of the residency program is the development of several strong photographic portfolios exploring the town of Wilson and its environs.  
Both domestic and international photographers are invited to apply. De Perlinghi says "a strong sense of street photography" is required. 

A detailed account of these residencies and a link to the application form are available on the Eyes on Main Street website, here:

You can also find out more about these residencies in this story from the local newspaper, here:,87137

Candidates apply by submitting a digital portfolio, a link to their website, and a brief cover letter with the application form, before midnight on July 16th, 2017 to:
There is no entry fee, and residency recipients will be notified by August 1, 2017. 

Each selected photographer will have a group exhibition with a selection of his or her images during the 4th edition of the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival, which will run from April - July of 2018.

De Perlinghi says the resident artists will live on Nash Street in Historic Downtown Wilson for one month. 

The Festival will offer comfortable lodging in a small private apartment consisting of a workspace, a kitchen, a bathroom and one bedroom with a one-time stipend of $500 to cover some travel and related costs. 

Utility bills will be paid for by the Festival and a Mac computer with all the needed programs + iCloud will be available to the photographer. 

Transportation to and from the airport will be provided from RDU, Raleigh-Durham Airport, 60 miles from Wilson. 

Wilson, by the way, is a town of about 50,000 people in North Carolina about 50 miles east of its capital, Raleigh.  

Like many Southern towns in North Carolina, Wilson was heavily dependent on the tobacco industry and experienced an economic decline when the tobacco warehouses closed down.

Today, De Perlinghi says, the city is reinventing itself through several arts projects, including Eyes on Main Street and the new Whirligig Sculpture Park, which features the sculptures and constructions of outsider artist Vollis Simpson.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Southern Photography -- Coming to the Ogden, Fall 2018

Definitely something to look forward to -- the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is opening a show in the fall of 2018 entitled New Southern Photography.

Here is the Ogden's announcement:

"New Southern Photography is a large-scale exhibition organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art that highlights the exciting and diverse breadth of photography being practiced in the American South today. 

"The work of twenty -five emerging, mid-career, and established photographers will be featured. Each photographer included will be individually showcased with a monographic installation focusing on a single body of work within the context of a group exhibition. 

"All types of lens-formed imagery will be included from tradition analogue and digital still photography to video installation and new media. New Southern Photography will debut at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in the fall of 2018, and is available for travel to other institutions through 2021.

"New Southern Photography explores the role photography plays in formulating the visual iconography of the modern New South. 

"Regional identity in an interconnected and global world is central to the exhibition’s narrative. Themes and ideas addressed in New Southern Photography include: memory, the experience of place in the American South, cultural mythology and reality, deep familial connections to the land, the tension between the past and present, and the transitory nature of change in the New South.

"The goal of New Southern Photography is to create a space for conversation about the region. This exhibition will not only highlight recent contributions the American South has made to the world through photography, but also serve as a platform to broaden the understanding and appreciation of this complicated, contested, and often misunderstood region. 

"New Southern Photography follows in the rich tradition of Southern literature, where storytelling is paramount.

"It could be said that photography has been the American South’s greatest contribution to 20th century art. Southern photographers – William Christenberry, Sally Mann, and William Eggleston – are international art superstars who pioneered the “Southernization” of the contemporary global photographic aesthetic. 

"Following the trajectory of Christenberry, Eggleston and Mann, New Southern Photography looks at the photographic innovators of today who are influencing the visualization of the American South to a global audience.

"Work represented in the exhibition will be from the past ten years. 

"Photographers included in the New Southern Photography exhibition are: David Emmit Adams, Kael Alford, Elizabeth Bick, Christa Blackwood, John Chiara, Scott Dalton, Joshua Gibson, Maury Gortemiller, Alex Grabiec, Aaron Hardin, Courtney Johnson, Tommy Kha, Brittany Lauback, Carl Martin, Jonathan Traviesa & Cristina Molina, Andrew Moore, Celestia Morgan, Nancy Newberry, RaMell Ross, Whitten Sabbatini, Jared Soares, Louviere + Vanessa, and Susan Worsham.

"New Southern Photography is being curated by Richard McCabe, Ogden Museum of Art’s Curator of Photography."

Good to see folks on this list of photographers whose names I recognize. Also good to see some names of folks with whose work I am not familiar.  

Will keep you posted as this story unfolds in the weeks and months ahead!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mark Steinmetz is Having a Productive 2017, and its only June

Athens, Georgia-based photographer Mark Steinmetz (see image above) just closed a show of work from his portfolio South, at the Yancy Richardson Gallery in NYC

Steinmetz' show was featured in the Guardian newspaper, with the title Georgia on My Mind, go here.  

It was also featured in the online ezine L'Oeil de la Photographie, go here. 

Also, in a feature story entitled "how mark steinmetz captures love and lightning in the american south," by Emily Manning, in I-D, go here

Steinmetz' book The Players (see image above) was chosen as an essential book of photography for 2017 by Tank Magazine, go here. 

He has also been featured in a podcast by The Magic Hour, go here

Steinmetz has also joined the growing list of photographers commissioned by Atlanta's High Museum of Art to produce a portfolio of work for the High's Picturing the South series. 

Steinmetz' work will be exhibited at the High Museum later in 2017. 

Earlier this year, Steinmetz had work in the exceptionally fine Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art show at Duke University's Nasher Museum.

In addition, Steinmetz takes opportunities to get out of the South to produce bodies of work like his portfolio Angel City West, a set of images made in Los Angeles.

This body of work was the subject of a solo show at the Hartman Fine Art Gallery in Los Angeles in February and March of ths year.

So, much to celebrate and look forward to in the burgeoning career of Mark Steinmetz, in 2017!

Congratulations to Steinmetz on this fine work and on all the well-deserved recognition. 

And, its only June -- who knows what the next few months will offer?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

SlowExposures Deadline this Sunday, June 18th

Three Easels Dale Niles

Be aware -- the deadline for submission of your work for this year's SlowExposures Photography Exhibition is this Sunday, June 18th, at midnight.

The folks at the SlowExposures Show Committee put it best:

"This is a great time to make that intuitive, by-the-seat-of-your-pants choice of six of your images for SlowExposures. 

"Do it this weekend before the deadline whizzes by on Sunday at midnight!  

" Pick the five images of the rural South that you love, and then pick a "wild card" for your sixth...after, relax in the knowledge that you did a good thing. 

"Juried in or not, we honor you as esteemed members of the SlowExposures experience. 

"You'll be invited to the Soiree under the pecan trees at Split Oak Farm and we'll see you during all the other wonderful events during this year's "Unplugged" show...because you invested in your vision."

Arnika Dawkins and I are looking forward to seeing your work and to making what I am sure will be a whole bunch of very difficult decisions.  

In any case, we look forward to meeting you at the SlowExposures weekend, September 14th - 17th, in Zebulon, Georgia.

To get your work to us for our review, follow the directions for the electronic submission process at the SlowExposures website, here:

We'll see you in September!

Friday, June 9, 2017

David Knox at the Atlanta Buckhead Library

New Orleans-based photographer David Knox (see image above) is opening a show of work from his Tableaux Montage portfolio on June 14th, 2017, at the Buckhead Branch of the Atlanta Public Library, at 269 Buckhead Avenue, N.E., in Atlanta, GA 30305.

This show is called Ritual and Ruin: Tableaux of a Lost War, and will be up at the Buckhead Library through Monday, July 17th, 2017. 

Knox's images in this show are large in scale, up to six feet wide, or more.

They are constructed from historic photographs of ruined and devastated landscapes of the post-Civil War South which Knox populates with figures, also drawn from historic photographs as well as from his contemporary work. 

According to the folks at the Buckhead Library, Knox attempts, in these images, to evoke the "ghosts of past centuries [that] find undisturbed refuge in the American South from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains down to the fertile flat lands of the Gulf Coast."

The folks in Atlanta go on: "For New Orleans-based photographer David Knox, the past resides in the present in many forms - land, crops, architecture, and people. 

"In his most recent body of work, he combines historical images from the American Civil War with his own photographs to create photomontages depicting an imagined, surreal world set somewhere in the mid-19th century South. 

"These tableaux weave together the disparate lives of Union and Confederate soldiers of the Civil War, freedmen and slaves, civilians and clergy.

Knox describes his work as creating "photomontages depicting an imagined, surreal world set somewhere in the mid 19th century South. 

"These tableaux weave together the disparate lives of Union and Confederate soldiers, slaves, women, children, clergy, and animals. 

"The characters in these fabled scenes and the symbols around them offer fictional narratives that represent and explore hardship, loss, survival, gender, race, class, religion, death, and resurrection.

He goes on: 

"The pervasiveness of Christianity in the South combined with the apocalyptical wartime destruction of the landscape provide reference for many of the titles, based on verses from the Book of Revelation. 

"The physical pieces, large in scale, are informed by several nineteenth-century printing processes including stereographs, tintypes, wet plate collodions and panoramics."

Given the scale of Knox's prints, they have vastly more power when seen in person than they have in the small scale images I can show here. 

The challenge of photography is of course always time, since the straightforward shot records moments and lifts them out of time. 

That's one reason lots of photographers like to photograph abandoned factories and falling-down houses -- one gets a sense of the passage of time into the image, since the present moment of the object reveals at least something of what it used to look like as well as the way it looks now.

But such images are inherently elegiac, are about loss and decay, and the ravages of time.

Knox builds on that quality in his work, and in the process addresses directly the American South's legacy of exploitation and violence, that quality of the South that Joan Didion tries to capture when she says that Southerners dwell in a memory-haunted landscape which we believe we have "bloodied . . . with history."

Powerful work here, well worth a trip to Buckhead, and to the Library. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Part I -- Southern Photographers in the News -- Late Spring 2017

Yr Humble Servant the Southern Photographer is still catching up after a very busy spring season in his customary professional life. 

Nevertheless, we are on our way. Here's a start, some items of interest. Will update this blog entry over the next few days, so check back. 

1. Douglasville, GA-based photographer Jack Deese (see image above) has work from his How to Orient Yourself in the Wilderness porfolio featured in AINT-BAD, go here

2. Nashville-based photographer Jack Spencer (see image above) has published a new book, This Land: An American Portrait, with the University of Texas Press. 

This book consists of gorgeous, well-seen landscape photographs, and you can see more of them at the feature on Spencer's work by Aline Smithson on Lenscratch, go here.

3. Honorary Southern Photographer Eugene Richards (see image above), who has done several major bodies of work in the American South, is having a major retrospective show of his work at the Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY, opening June 10th and up through October 22nd, 2017.

This show, entitled The Run-On of Time, includes over 150 of Richards' images. You can learn more about Richards, and about this show, in the PDN Online story, go here

You can also read a review of this show, from the Wall Street Journal, here.

4. Alabama-based photographer Jerry Siegel has published a new book, entitled Black Belt Color, which is now available from the Georgia Museum of Arts bookshop, here, or from the usual and customary source, here

Still more to come, on the Southern Photographer!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Eyes on the South -- Late Spring 2017

Since we last checked in with Jeff Rich's ongoing Eyes on the South, for the Oxford American, the following photographers have been featured:

1. Houston-born but Iowa-based photographer Micah Fields (see image above), with images from his Houston, Saturated portfolio

2.  New Orleans-based photographer Virginia Hanusik (see image above), with images from her Impossible City portfolio. 

 3. Myrtle Beach, SC-based photographer Tyler MacDonald (see image above), with images from his Above the Surface portfolio. 

4. Sarasota, FL-based photographer Carson Gilliland (see image above) with images from his I Need Some Rest portfolio. 

5. Baltimore-based photographer Ajay Malghan (see image above), with images from his Richmond Slave Trail portfolio.

6. Louisville, KY-based photographer Patrick Wensink (see image above), with images from his Alleys of Louisville portfolio.

7. Brunswick, ME-based photographer Michael Kolster (see image above), with images from his Take Me to the River portfolio.

Thanks to Rich for this ongoing labor of love, about Southern photography. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ford Yates Outside

I'm not sure when straightforward nature photography becomes fine art photography -- one of those perennial issues of intention, definition, and taste -- but photographs of snakes keep popping up in photography by Southern photographers clearly made with gallery exhibition in mind.

So it seems not at all inappropriate to let you know that Outside Magazine thinks that we should be following the work of Ford Yates (see image above), a business major at the University of Oklahoma. 

So, check out his work, and let me know what you think.

Eudora Welty at the NC Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art continues to deepen its engagement with Southern photography, now with a show of work by Distinguished Southern photographer Eurora Welty (see image above). 

This show, Looking South: Photographs by Eurora Welty, opened in April and is up through September 3rd, 2017.

Eich and Brody in Photo District News

Photo District News is out with its annual listing of photographers who produced "outstanding photography" in the previous year. 

Included among the photographers whose work earned them this designation is Charlottesville, VA-based photographer Matt Eich (see image above), in the Photobook division, for his book Carry Me Ohio.

Eich describes this body of work as "a decade-long photo essay about life in the economically depressed region of Southeast Ohio."

Eich says of his subjects, “Despite circumstances, these proud Americans persevere and cling to family, community and land with an admirable tenacity." 

Yet, he goes on, "Our collective memory favors the convenience of amnesia over acknowledging the damage that we continue to inflict upon ourselves.”

Among photographers featured in PDN's student division is Savannah-based photographer Anna Brody (see image above), with work from her Edging, GA portfolio.

Brody, a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, says of her work, that it depicts "an imagined town" through which she "ponders the concept of being in an incomplete state—to be 'almost' something."

Brody says, “Maybe that’s what I take pictures of—people and things that are also almost there, who are almost done looking.”

Congratulations to both Eich and Brody for being chosen by PDN for this national recognition! 

And, if I missed any other Southern photographers among PDN's award-winners, please let me know and I will update this list.

Southern Photography at the Ogden Museum

New Orleans' Ogden Museum of Southern Art can always be counted on for exceptionally fine exhibitions of Southern photography.

This weekend, for example, the folks at the Ogden are closing their current show, Part II of a pair of shows under the title A Place and Time, up since February 2nd, 2017. Both these shows have sought to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the Ogden's permanent collection of photography.

Part I of this two-part show was up at the Ogden in the spring of 2016. It included photographs from the Civil War, Reconstruction, and early 20th century, with a special emphasis on photographs of New Orleans and on Depression-era documentary work by Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographers. 

This second show picks up the story in 1946 and explores, in the Ogden's words, "the trajectory of Southern photography" as it documents "the changing post-World War II American South" to the present day. 

Opening next at the Ogden are two shows about color photography in the American South.

The first is an exhibition of images by William Eggleston (see image above) from his Troubled Waters portfolio, from the late 1970's, made in the aftermath of his landmark exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

This body of Eggleston's work is mostly about what the Odgen describes as "rural and roadside life in and around the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, and points between."

The Ogden's second show is entitled The Colourful South, and features work by five pioneers in color photography -- William Christenberry, Birney Imes (see image above), William Greiner, William Ferris, and Alec Soth.

According to the folks at the Ogden, "this exhibition explores the role color photography has played in the history of Southern photography," traces "the influence of each photographer upon one another, and situates their work in a larger narrative of photography in the South after William Eggleston."

Both of these shows open on June 10th, and are up at the Ogden through October 10th, 2017. 

So, much fine Southern photography to see at the Odgen, in New Orleans. 

We owe the folks at the Ogden many thanks for their devotion to Southern photography.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Eyes on Main Street -- Photography Festival in Wilson, NC

The town of Wilson, NC already had the right to claim itself to be a center for photography in the American South, simply because Distinguished Southern Photographer Burk Uzzle has his studio there.

But now Wilson has made a serious step into the Photography Big Time with its third annual edition of Eyes on Main Street, the Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival. 

Eyes on Main Street consists of a main show of 100 large prints of work by 50 men and 50 women photographers, including both established and emerging photographers, from more than 30 countries around the world, all up now through July 16th, 2017, in downtown Wilson.

From April 8-July 16, these 100 photographs will be displayed in 100 storefront windows spanning six city blocks. Taking visitors across the railroad tracks that bisect the city, the exhibition links east and west Wilson into one shared community. 

In addition, this year's Festival includes five additional exhibits which include shows of historic photographs as well as striking contemporary work for a wide range of international photographers.

A feature of these supporting shows is an exhibition of work by more than 125 young people from Wilson who were supervised by senior photography students from the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois

This show is up at  203 East Nash Street, in Wilson.

All this is the work of Artistic Director, chief curator and organizer Jerome De Perlinghi and his assistant curators Catherine Lloyd and Regina Monfort, who have organized the shows around the general theme Main Street, a Crossroads of Cultures.  

In addition to the show of student work from Eastern North Carolina, the other sattelite shows include:

1. Eyes on Taiwan, featuring work by Yi-Yun Chang, Charles Chen, Kouhei Hirose, Chun-Chi Lin, Pi-Lin Liu, Liang-Pin Tsao, Eli Wang, Anny Wu, Ko-Ming Wu and Sun Yang, in the 3rd Floor Gallery at Imagination Station, 224 East Nash Street, in Wilson. 

2. Before Facebook, a show of mid-nineteenth century daguerrotypes, tintypes, Cartes de Visite, portraits, and street scenes from the middle to the late 1800's.

3. A show of work by Chicago photographer Hareth Yousef (see image above) of images from his Tomorrow's Entry is not Guaranteed portfolio, a body of work documenting the everyday lives of Palestinians, sponsored by the Columbia College Chicago Student Gallery, up at 115 Goldsboro Street, in Wilson.

4. Showings of Frames of Life (1996), a movie by Mary Engel documenting the life and work of photographer Ruth Orkin. This film was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996, and was s
elected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of the “Outstanding Documentaries” of that year.

In addition to these exhibits, there are also a whole slew of lectures, workshops, concerts, and other events too numerous to go into here.

But you can find out all about them on the Eyes on Main Street website here, and you can keep up with the Festival as it unfolds, on Facebook, here.

If you are unfamiliar with Wilson, it is an hour's drive east of Raleigh, via highway US-264 East, then I-587 east, to Wilson. 

While you are there, also check out famed outsider artist Vollis Simpson's whirligigs in the Whirligig Park and Museum.

You are in the heart of eastern North Carolina, with much to do in the vicinity, and only 40 minutes from the Skylight Inn, serving what many claim is the best BBQ available anywhere, or 50 minutes from Kinston, NC, home of the by-now world-renowned restaurant Chef and the Farmer.

 Artistic Director De Perlinghi and the City of Wilson deserve tons of credit for supporting this very ambitious photography festival. 

May it succeed beyond your wildest dreams, and may you bring us many, many more years of outstanding photography to eastern North Carolina.

Slow Exposures 2017 -- The Call for Entries

The good folks in Pike County, Georgia who are responsible for the SlowExposures juried show and photography festival have announced their plans for the Fall 2017 show.

This year is the 15th annual show, and will be up September 14th - 17th, 2017, in "the intimate, relaxed setting [of] the rural countryside" of Pike County, in west central Georgia. 

This year's event is being called "Unplugged," always a good idea. The organizers "invite photographers to submit work that underscores the diversity, contradictions, and complexity of the rural American South."

The Call for Entries for this show is here.  Deadline for submission of work is midnight, Sunday, June 18th, 2017. 

Also planned for SlowExposures will be over a dozen satellites shows, to be on view in locations that are also on the National Register of Historic Places as documenting Pike County's historic past as a leading cotton producer in southern Georgia.

Applicants for 2017 Main Exhibition are also entitled to enter the PopUp Show juried by John Bennette and the 2018 SlowAIR Artist in Residence opportunity at no additional cost.

I am honored to join with Atlanta's Arnika Dawkins, owner of Atlanta's Arnika Dawkins Gallery, as jurors for this year's Main Exhibition.

The work we choose for the Main Exhibition will also be on view at the Cochran Gallery in LaGrange, Georgia for a month after the SlowEx weekend.  

I know I speak for Arnika in joining with the folks in Pike County to invite you to enter work, and plan to "join photographers and photography lovers from across the U.S. to 'unplug' in September in Pike County.

This is a wonderful opportunity, not only to share the experience of SlowExposures, but also to "learn, network, and have fun during this extraordinary weekend." 

We plan to see you there!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Catching Up with Eyes on the South

Photographers featured since mid-December on Jeff Rich's ongoing feature Eyes on the South for the Oxford American, include the following: 

New York-based photographer John Sanderson (see image above), with images from Florida's Gulf Coast,  from his National Character portfolio.

Richmond, VA-based photographer Susan Worsham (see image above), with work from her Bittersweet on Bostwick Lane portfolio.

New York-based (but Florida-born) photographer Dylan Johnston (see image above), with images from his On the Hunt portfolio.

New York-based (but well-traveled in the South) photographer Daniel Terna (see image above), with images from his I’ll See You On The Beach portfolio.

Portland, OR-based (but Gulfport, Mississippi-born) photographer Missy Prince (see image above), with images from her Natural Causes portfolio. 

Florida-based photographer Kathryn Harrison (see image above), with images from her Side of the South portfolio. 

Savannah-based photographer William Price Glaser (see image above),  with images from his Soul Food portfolio. 

San Antonio-based photographer Zachary McCauley (see image above), with images from his Sometimes This Can Be Difficult portfolio.

Lexington, KY-based photographer  Sarah Hoskins (see image above), with images from her A Visit to Lynch portfolio. 

New Orleans-based photographer Charles Muir Lovell | (see image above), with images from his New Orleans Second Lines Culture portfolio.  

Rich does an amazing (at least to me) job gathering exceptional photography of the American South week by week. 

Congratulations to Rich, and to all the fine photographers he brings to our attention.