Southern Accents: MMFA Permanent Collection Photos of the South by Southerners
December 02 through February 11, 2018
Moonlight and magnolias may characterize the South in the imagination of many people, but few southern photographers have turned their cameras on these subjects. However, the enigmatic ruins of Windsor, an antebellum mansion, captured the attention of Clarence John Laughlin and a couple other artists, while country churches and baptism ceremonies stimulated several artists to document these distinctive southern structures and associated religious rituals. Like their northern counterparts, many southern photographers have pictured the landscape and some have made portraits of their contemporaries. Friends and families, community elders, and renowned artists have all become camera fodder for intrepid cameramen (and camerawomen) whose work is in the collection of the Museum.
Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.
Eudora Welty, Going to Town, Utica, Mississippi, negative ca. 1930-1940, printed 1997, gelatin silver print on paper, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Scott, 1997.9.5