Black and white photographs from Shelby Lee Adams’ new book “salt & truth”(Candela Books, October 2011) and Shelby’s recent color work. These powerful images of the hollow dwellers of eastern Kentucky, represent a singular access to a world that is historically not very trusting of outsiders, by a photographer who is widely recognized as a master of the medium. Adams himself, having grown up in Kentucky and familiar with the mountain culture, is both an insider and an outside observer. (above: Robbie and Tyler on Wrecker, 2003 silver gelatin fiber print © Shelby Lee Adams.)
Shelby Lee Adams’ photographs are represented in over 60 major permanent collections; including the Art Institute of Chicago, International Center of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Canada, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Adams was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010. His work has been featured in three monographs: Appalachian Portraits (1993), Appalachian Legacy (1998), andAppalachian Lives (2003).
At Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street