A Southern Focus

This Weekend: Civil Rights Photography

By Elizabeth HutchisonA Southern FocusMarch 4, 2015

This Saturday (March 7) marks the 50th anniversary of the first Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights, or “Bloody Sunday” as it came to be known after hundreds of unarmed protestors were attacked by state troopers while attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Televised images of the confrontation shocked the nation. Stark photographs appeared on the front pages of newspapers. In this moment and throughout the Civil Rights movement, photographers played a pivotal role in the struggle—bringing the conflict to life in living rooms, classrooms, and boardrooms around the world.

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How the South Does the Academy Awards

By Jessica MischnerA Southern FocusFebruary 21, 2015

From scene-stealing stage moments to some of history’s most-lauded films, the South has been a fixture at the Academy Awards since the ceremony’s inception in 1929. In fact, even the statuette can claim Southern roots: Oscar owes his 8½-pound form to a Louisiana-born sculptor named George Stanley.

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Bonus Photos from the February/March 2015 Issue

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusJanuary 30, 2015

Our February/March issue went way South, all the way to Grenada, one of five islands and other Caribbean destinations that—we hope—provided a warm escape when it arrived in chilly January. But it wasn’t all turquoise water, sand, and sunshine. Closer to home, we also profiled a Nashville country music memory-keeper, documented an historic North Carolina Piedmont hunt, and discovered some of the best barbecue you’ve never tasted. Here are some of our favorite photos from the issue that didn’t make print.

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Bonus Photos from our Dec/Jan 2015 Issue

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusDecember 12, 2014

Often when we send an issue of Garden & Gun off to print there are several photos we wish we could have included. The same is true of our December/January 2015 issue, so we picked ten of our favorites that couldn't make it to print to share with you online.

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Weekend Agenda: A Beloved Artist's Life Work

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusDecember 5, 2014

Carroll Cloar’s artwork tells the stories you forgot you knew and shows the places you’ve visited a thousand times in your memory. The late Arkansas-born-and-bred artist’s treasured paintings include dream-like depictions of riverside musicians, fields of puffy cotton, and country cottages surrounded by lily-pad dotted swamps.

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Heirloom Harvests: Up Close and Personal

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusNovember 21, 2014

Plants are usually prized for what’s on the outside: colorful blooms, leaves, or fruits. But Dornith Doherty is far more interested in what’s inside. Since 2008, the Dallas-based artist has created striking botanical photographs using X-ray machines. Her subjects? Seeds, seedlings, and plants in safe storage centers called “seed banks” around the world.

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Threads of a Story

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusNovember 14, 2014

Few objects embody a story quite like a soft, worn, handed-down quilt. Take the tale of one traveling minister’s wife who collected appliqued fabric blocks from friends at every one of her husband’s churches in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. in the 1840s. To ease the strain of frequently moving, Frances Muse Eggleston sewed thirty-six signed fabric blocks into a memory album quilt top, the way a mother today might paste photographs to scrapbook pages.

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Ten Outtakes from our October/November 2014 Issue

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusOctober 7, 2014

Although the fall issue of Garden & Gun was full of photographs we loved, we didn't have space for a handful of special images. Here is a look at ten of our favorite shots that didn't make it into print.

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What We're Reading Now: 'The Story of Land and Sea'

By Jessica MischnerA Southern FocusOctober 1, 2014

Author Katy Simpson Smith’s hotly anticipated debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, recently arrived on shelves after sparking a bidding war among 10 publishing houses (Harper Collins eventually won distribution rights). Set in coastal Beaufort, North Carolina, during the waning stages of the Revolutionary War, the book chronicles in spare, crystalline prose the entangled lives and emotions of a multi-generational cast of characters. "The effect," writes reviewer Joanna Scutts in the Washington Post​, "is to root the novel in its historical moment but to reach toward the universal in its exploration of love and grief."

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