A Look at Shelby Lee Adams' PhotographyMarch 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
Leonard's Porch, 2006