In June, as protests against racial discrimination and violence were exploding across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death, I made two trips to Eatonton, GA to explore the roots of author Alice Walker for my body of work in-progress, SOUTHERN FICTION. Three images shot on Wards Chapel Road, one portraying the church where she was baptized and another of the cemetery where her parents and ancestors are buried, are included in Sasha Wolf’s summer group show presented on her website. The online exhibition brings together a loose collection of recent work by artists responding to these challenging times with photographs and reflections on these images by Elinor Carucci, Kris Graves, Sasha Rudensky, Christopher Rodriquez, Bryan Schutmaat, Chuck Kelton, Barbara Bosworth, and Caleb Charland.
I’ve donated a photograph shot in March 2020 of a mural commemorating the 1966 Port Gibson Boycott led by the NAACP in Mississippi from my body of work in-progress, SOUTHERN FICTION, to Rocket Science Magazine’s fundraiser dedicated to organizations who support Black lives and the ongoing fight against racism. On April 1, 1966, the local chapter of the NAACP imposed an economic boycott on the majority of white-owned businesses in Port Gibson. Picketing and peaceful marches and demonstrations demanding equality and racial justice continued on and off for eleven years, during which a significant number of business failed or closed. Prints of this image, produced by Light Work Lab in an edition of 10 for $100, can be purchased on Rocket Science Magazine’s website though July 17 and proceeds of sales will be contributed to the NAACP.
William Faulkner’s Kitchen Curtains, Rowan Oak, Oxford, Mississippi, 2019
Southern Fiction, a new series in-progress exploring the settings that inspired the literary work of iconic 20th-century Southern writers, received a Small Grant Award in 2019 and a Major Grant Award in 2020 from East Tennessee State University’s Research Development Committee.
A collection of images from Upstate, along with Xhenet Aliu’s foreword to the book, were recently published on Hudson River Stories, a website created by Jon Bowermaster featuring content about the Hudson River by photographers, filmmakers, writers, activists and environmentalists.
Selections from American Stills and Upstate were recently featured in an article, Rural America: Photography as Cultural Narrative, written by CJ Dansdill for Musée Magazine along with work by photographers Todd Hido, Jon Horvath, Seph Lawless and Gregory Crewdson.
Two images from UPSTATE are included in Coined in the South at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC on view from October 10, 2019 – February 16, 2020. This group exhibition of work in various media by artists working in and/or from the Southeast is hosted by The Young Affiliates in collaboration with the museum.
UPSTATE opens at Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House on August 10 and is on view through September 29. There is a reception on Saturday, August 10 from 5-7pm.
Rear Bedroom, Oliver Bronson House, Hudson, New York, 2016
A selection of 12 prints from UPSTATE will be exhibited at ilon Art Gallery from June 7 – July 22 with a reception on Friday, June 7 from 6 – 9pm. This solo exhibition is the culmination of receiving First Prize last June 2018 in ilon Art Gallery’s group exhibition, American Splendour: New Photography, comprised of work capturing the American spirit selected by Jon Feinstein, David Rosenberg, Hannah Frieser, Loni Efron, and Ruben Natal-San Miguel. The gallery is located at 204 W. 123rd Street in Harlem.
A selection of photographs from UPSTATE will be exhibited at Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville, NC from April 12 – May 25 with a reception and book signing on Friday, April 12 from 6-8pm.
I will be signing copies of UPSTATE at Daylight Book’s Table 638 at The Photography Show at AIPAD on Saturday, April 6 from 1-2pm.