Photo Essays from the American South
Down at the Sweetheart Rink
Photos by Bill Yates
On Oct. 3, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans will open an exhibition of photographs that capture the rural South at a pivotal moment of cultural change. This is the story of the man who shot those pictures — and how they almost never saw the light of day.
Photos by ZachWolfe
If you want to see the best possible documentation of how the South’s hip-hop scene rose to dominate the entire world of music in the 2000s, there’s only one lens to look through: Zach Wolfe’s.
Photos by Tamara Reynolds
“ This project is about resolving the conflicted feelings I've experienced as a Southerner. I chose to explore the South on back roads, across railroad tracks, into hollows. In so doing, I found I could appreciate my home despite its failings.”
Photos by Roger May
Photographer Roger May was born in the Tug River Valley on the West Virginia/Kentucky border. His work is, he says, “a visual love letter to Appalachia, the land of my blood. This is my testimony of how I came to see the importance of home and my connection to place.”
Photos from The Do Good Fund Collection
A Columbus, Georgia, nonprofit has been building an incredible collection of contemporary Southern photography — not only for the sake of art, but also to provoke discussions among Southerners about our history, our present and our prospects for the future.
Photos by Charlotte Alexander Strode
"I miss Kentucky, always. I try to go there as often as I can, but mostly it’s just once or twice a year, crammed between New York City and family in Maine and family in Rhode Island. But to me, it’s home and will always be so."
Photos by Kate Medley
On two-lane highways up and down the Mississippi Delta, the gas station has become the local restaurant. And the home of some great Southern cooking.
Photos by Rick Oliver
Rick Olivier had spent his entire life in the bayou country of Acadiana on the west bank of the Mississippi. At 21 years old in 1979, fresh out of college at Nicholls State in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. He spent the summer shooting photos of bayou folks with their azalea bushes.