Shelby Lee Adams
Life and career
Adams has photographed Appalachian families since the mid-1970s. He had first encountered the poor families of the Appalachian mountains as a child, travelling around the area with his uncle, who was a doctor. His work has been published in three monographs: Appalachian Portraits (1993), Appalachian Legacy (1998), and Appalachian Lives (2003).
The True Meaning of Pictures
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. The film critiques and defends Adams' method in photographing Appalachian people for his previously published books.
Books by Adams
- Appalachian Portraits. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1993. ISBN 0-87805-646-7; ISBN 0-87805-667-X.
- Appalachian Legacy: Photographs. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1998. ISBN 1-57806-048-6; ISBN 1-57806-049-4.
- Appalachian Lives. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2003. ISBN 1-57806-540-2.
- Salt and Truth. Richmond, Va.: Candela, 2011. ISBN 0-9845739-1-7.
- Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
- Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
- International Center of Photography, New York
- Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne
- Museum of Modern Art, New York
- Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
- Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
- Time Life Collection, Rockefeller Center, New York
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
- 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", Chicago Tribune, September 25, 1994, p. 18
- "Vanishing Tribe", Mother Jones, Sept-Oct 1991, p. 52-55, retrieved 2010-10-18
- Goddard, Peter (2002) "Photographer spies on the human drama: Shelby Lee Adams's Appalachian photographs capture undercurrent of pain", Toronto Star, August 31, 2002, p. H12.
- Harvey, Dennis (2003) "The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia", Variety, February 2, 3003, retrieved 2010-10-18
- "The Home Funeral, 1990", catalogue entry, Art Institute of Chicago. Accessed 3 August 2011.
- "Shelby Lee Adams", Museum of Contemporary Photography. Accessed 3 August 2011.
- 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.
- Adams's website
- The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia at the Internet Movie Database 2002.