In Print: Multi-Artist Book Signing
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Authors of recent photography publications will be available to sign and discuss their books. The book signings will take place in the lobby, with books available for purchase inside the museum.
Langdon Clay – Cars, New York City 1974-1976
Maude Schuyler Clay – Mississippi History
Marti Corn – The Ground on Which I Stand
Brittany Markert – In Rooms
Ryan Sparks – Southern Glossary
Bill Yates – Sweetheart Rollerskating Rink
Cars New York City, 1974 to 1976
by Langdon Clay
Hardback / Clothbound, 132 pages, 96 images
10.7″ x 14.6″
Cars were an indispensible aspect of twentieth-century culture, both for their utility and aesthetics. From 1974 to 1976, Langdon Clay photographed the cars he encountered while wandering the streets of New York City and nearby Hoboken, New Jersey at night. Shot in Kodachrome with a Leica and deftly lit with then new sodium vapor lights, the pictures feature a distinct array of makes and models set against the gritty details of their surrounding urban and architectural environments, and occasionally the ghostly presence of people.
by Maude Schuyler Clay
Clothbound, 144 pages, 110 images
12″ x 12.8″
Steidl Verlag, 2015
Maude Schuyler Clay started her color portrait series “Mississippi History” in 1975 when she came upon her first Rolleiflex 2¼ camera. At the time, she was living and working in New York and paid frequent visits to her native Mississippi Delta whose landscape and people continued to inspire her. Over the next twenty-five years, the project, which began as “The Mississippians,” evolved into an homage to Julia Margaret Cameron. A definitive pioneer of the art of photography, Cameron lived in Victorian England and began her photographic experiments in 1863, after receiving the gift of a camera. The expressive, allegorical portraits of her friends and family as well as her artful approach to capturing the essence of light are the driving forces behind Clay’s nostalgic recollection of carefree moments of family life and play in Mississippi in the 1980s and ’90s.
The Ground on Which I Stand: Tamina, a Freedmen’s Town
by Marti Corn
Hardcover, 160 pages
Texas A&M University Press, 2016
Through photography and oral histories, Marti Corn has chronicled the lives, dreams, and spirit of the people of Tamina, a freedmen’s town located outside Houston, Texas. The Ground on Which I Stand is a multi-faceted portrait of community, kinship, values, and shared history.
In Rooms (2014 – 2015)
Photographs by Brittany Markert
Hardcover/cloth bound, 70 Pages
Limited Edition of 400
Small Editions NYC, 2016
Brittany’s first book, In Rooms, is a chronological photo narrative taken between 2014 – 2015. All photographic images are shot on film, medium format and hand printed by the artist in her darkroom. In-Rooms began in the winter of 2011. Since 2014 it has taken form as an ongoing narrative documenting a surreal adaptation of her most vibrant thoughts, memories, and dreams.
Edited by Ryan Sparks
8.25″ x 10.75″
Soft cover, Perfect-bound, 48 pages
Southern Glossary is a platform for contemporary Southern photographers and visual artists. Each week a new artist takes over its popular Instagram account to share their work, provide insight into their community, and interact with people from the whole region. Southern Glossary’s website posts Q&A’s with each artist and compiles a print magazine twice a year. Past contributors include Cate Colvin Sampson, Jennifer Shaw, Tammy Mercure, Jen Ervin, Amanda Greene, Jared Ragland, and many exciting young artists with MFAs from programs around the South.
Southern Glossary #2 is in a full-size magazine format and features the work of 20 artists from Nashville to Tallahassee and Atlanta to Lafayette. Includes two essays by Ryan Sparks and Brit Hessler and a new cover by Artemis Antippas.
Sweetheart Rollerskating Rink
by Bill Yates
Hardcover, 132 pages
11 1/2″ x 11″
Fall Line Press, 2016
Classic documentary photography, at its best, is a transcendent path back to the people of another place and time. Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink is a royal road to that special time in 1972-1973 — when the love generation in America was at its height. The U.S. was reeling from years of war and turbulent social change and progress, but the early 70s was still a time of innocence and exploration. Sweetheart shows us the joyful vigor, fashion, and play of that young crowd searching for fun, escape, and identity in a roller rink on the outskirts of Tampa, Florida.
Bill Yates’ Sweetheart is a recently uncovered masterpiece that reveals, in a candid and clear-eyed way, a time that you only thought you knew. The photographic gaze of the twenty-five-year-old Yates is exceptional. Freshly returned from his tour of military service, Yates was still young enough to understand and relate to this crowd – but no longer part of their world. There is a raw power of deep seeing here. His camera and stance toward his subjects assumes nothing. And therefore it reveals everything.