A Southern Focus

A Look at Shelby Lee Adams' Photography

By The EditorsMarch 7, 2012

In our current issue (February/March) we wrote about Shelby Lee Adams' stirring Appalachian portraits in his new book salt & truth. This month begins an exhibit of the photographs at the Paul Paletti Gallery in Louisville, KY (March 2 through May 31, 2012).

“It’s really personal to me,” Adams says. “I don’t have an agenda. What’s kept me going and why I’ve done this for thirty-six years is because I’m still exploring the place I grew up in. It’s not a documentary political statement.”

“These people are worthy of being seen and not as a caricature,” he says, and the eighty honest images in salt & truth prove it.

We hope you get to see all of the images for yourself, but in case you can't make it to Louisville, we wanted to share a few of our favorites with you:

Children with Blind Horse, 2008

Eagle's Nest, 2008

Frankie with Shucky Beans, 2002

Carrie LeeAnne, 2003

Tammy with Catfish, 2003

The Collinses, 1987

Eagle's Nest, 2004

Vanessa, 2007

Leonard's Porch, 2006