Shelby Lee Adams (born 1950) is an American [1 ] environmental portrait photographer and artist best known for his images of Appalachian family life.
Life and career [ edit ]
Adams has photographed Appalachian families since the mid-1970s.
He had first encountered the poor families of the [2 ] Appalachian mountains as a child, travelling around the area with his uncle, who was a doctor. His work has been published in three monographs: [3 ] Appalachian Portraits (1993), Appalachian Legacy (1998), and Appalachian Lives (2003).
The True Meaning of Pictures [ edit ]
Adams was the subject of a documentary film by
Jennifer Baichwal in 2002 - The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams's Appalachia. This was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, and at the Sundance Festival in 2003. [4 ] The film critiques and defends Adams' method in photographing Appalachian people for his previously published books. [5 ]
Books by Adams [ edit ]
Permanent collections [ edit ]
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago [6 ]
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago [7 ]
International Center of Photography, New York [8 ]
Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne [9 ]
Museum of Modern Art, New York [8 ]
Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts [8 ] [10 ]
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa [7 ]
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art [11 ]
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC [8 ] [12 ]
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam [7 ]
Time Life Collection, Rockefeller Center, New York [ ] citation needed
Victoria and Albert Museum, London [13 ]
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York [8 ]
References [ edit ]
^ Mark, Rebecca & Vaughan, Robert (2004) The South, Greenwood Press, ISBN 978-0-313-32734-6, p. 60-61
^ Foerstner, Abigail (1994) "Appalachia observed: Shelby Lee Adams exhibit features portraits out of a living past", , September 25, 1994, p. 18 Chicago Tribune
^ " Vanishing Tribe", , Sept-Oct 1991, p. 52-55, retrieved 2010-10-18 Mother Jones
^ Goddard, Peter (2002) "Photographer spies on the human drama: Shelby Lee Adams's Appalachian photographs capture undercurrent of pain", , August 31, 2002, p. H12. Toronto Star
^ Harvey, Dennis (2003) " The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia", , February 2, 3003, retrieved 2010-10-18 Variety
^ " ", catalogue entry, Art Institute of Chicago. Accessed 3 August 2011. The Home Funeral, 1990
^ a b c " Shelby Lee Adams", Museum of Contemporary Photography. Accessed 3 August 2011.
^ a b c d e Shelby Lee Adams, International Center of Photography. Accessed 3 August 2011.
^ " The collection", Musée de l'Élysée. Accessed 3 August 2011.
^ Catalogue search for "Shelby Lee Adams", Harvard Art Museums. Accessed 3 August 2011.
^ " Works by Shelby Lee Adams", San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Accessed 3 August 2011.
^ Results of a search of the collection, 3 August 2011.
^ " Berthie Napier with Pipe and John", catalogue entry, Victoria and Albert Museum. Accessed 3 August 2011.
External links [ edit ]