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Artist's Reception & Book Signing: Shelby Lee Adams at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 20, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Salt & Truth

Exhibition Dates: May 4 - June 30, 2012

Opening with the Artist:
Friday, May 4
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Gallery Talk & Signing:
Saturday, May 5

Shelby Lee Adams's photographic career was born from a desire to shed dignified light on the people of Appalachia. Adams himself is from a small town in Kentucky; he grew up rough and tumble in the back of his father's car roaming from place to place. As a teenager he lived with his grandparents in Hot Spot and attended high school. In a place trapped between city and country Adams first discovered the power of art and photography through books.

Adams' works are strikingly direct, remarkably revealing. Adams has earned the trust and confidence of his subjects. Not only is he of this world, he has dedicated the past 30 years to recording it. Work began in reaction to a 1960's Peace Corps documentary project that Adams felt betrayed the essence of his friends and family, among others, when it described them as "malnourished and poor." The truths and the lives of those depicted are not without difficulty, that is clear, but they are also not without hope, pride, and dignity. The honor in the faces Adams has captured is real, the determination in their eyes pure. The work emits honesty and reveals- an American spirit that has been long forgotten by the rest of us. There is a sense of a dedication to place, a harsh but simple truth to life and lifestyle, a stubborn grit that has kept the folks of the region through all times.

For more information on the exhibition please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery

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