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.