“We know that the Negro artist does have a problem, you see. He has a problem far beyond that of the white artist, speaking generally. We know this. So we must say we know this, we accept this fact.” – Jacob Lawrence Excerpt from an Interview of Jacob Lawrence conducted 1968 October 26, by Carroll […]
The photographer once stated dryly that the centripetal composition of all of his pictures was based on the Confederate Flag.
Evans shows the south as part of the rest of America, falling behind itself and failing in the everyday struggle against entropy. By Owen Campbell, ASX, April 2015 There is in McNair Evans Confessions for a Son a sense that time passes slow and lonely, a stillness manifest in an image of a hound […]
Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) was born and educated in New York City. A graduate of the school of the Ethical Culture Society, a socially liberal organization that championed individual worth regardless of ethnic background or economic condition. In the late 1920’s Ulmann made trips each summer to document the rural people of the South, particularly […]
“I think of them as parts of a novel I’m doing.” By Walter Hopps, essay from The Hasselblad Award, 1998 These were the first words William Eggleston uttered when I asked what he felt he was accomplishing with his photographs. Another fine photographer from the South, William Christenberry, had brought Eggleston to meet me […]
Paul Kwilecki’s Photograph Collection at Duke University contains 583 black and white prints made in and around the town of Bainbridge, Georgia from 1960-2008. A self-taught photographer, Kwilecki honed his craft by photographing the broad spectrum of daily life manifested in Bainbridge and the rural areas of Decatur County. From the Shade Tobacco workers in […]
Candela Gallery’s inaugural exhibition featuring photographs from Shelby Lee Adam’s most recent book Salt and Truth, which was published fall 2011 by Candela Books.
“I didn’t like the label that I unconsciously earned of being a social protest artist.” “The Thing Itself is Such a Secret and so Unapproachable” George Eastman House, Image Magazine, Vol. 17., No.4, December, 1974, Originally Published in Yale Alumni Magazine, February, 1974. Walker Evans, the eminent American photographer, who taught photography at Yale […]
Bert with Guitar, 1992 Shelby Lee Adams was recently interviewed by an entity that decided not to run the complete text. We are bringing it here to ASX. Q: I’ve read that you spent much of your childhood in Kentucky, but that mountain people weren’t held with much regard in your family. Can you tell […]
“So I asked my brother to get me a camera. I’d seen one in a camera shop, a Leica for $25. I said, ‘You get it for me; and if I can’t get anything in a magazine off the first roll,’ – I was pretty cocky – ‘then I’ll give it back to you.’” […]