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2019 Annual Conference


March 07-10, 2019

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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Betty Press

SPE Member since 2001
Member Chapter: South Central

2016 Caucus Application Portfolio

The Place I Live: Mississippi

I never expected to live in Mississippi! I moved here in 2003 after spending many years working in Africa. Because of this I bring a singular perspective to documenting the Southern black and white experience, which is so intertwined, and which keeps the South a unique region in the USA even today.
So feeling that Mississippi is not my “place,” I decided the best way to deal with this unease was to explore the state, mostly rural and agricultural, through a series of road trips. Eudora Welty, a Mississippi writer and photographer who writes from a strong sense of place, is my visual and literary muse.

Recording "real life" in small communities throughout Mississippi with black-and-white film using plastic or vintage cameras reveals a slightly surreal, hidden narrative of the landscape and people who live there. This long-term photo project is partially funded with a 2013 Visual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Sugga Shack, Mintor City, Mississippi

Beauty Pageant, Hot Tamale Festival, Greenville, Mississippi

Barbara Pope, White Front Cafe, Rosdale, Mississippi

Recycled Filling Station, rural Mississippi

Pastor Jo A. Baldwin, Kosciusko, Mississippi

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