As vast as it is varied, the American South has a quality of light found nowhere else. Illuminating unique qualities of its structures, landscapes and people, to fully understand the South requires revisiting it and repeated documentation of the region.
Beginning in late Fall 2016 and returning a year later, photographer Forest McMullin spent weeks on the road traveling through the rural South. Late Harvest documents McMullin's journey through an often unnoticed part of the United States presenting nuanced conclusions that inform preconceived notions about the singular identity of the region.
McMullin stayed away from large highways and wandered wherever chance and whim took him. He relied on paper maps, not GPS, and chose the roads he drove based on the width of the line - none too wide - and towns based on the size of font - none too large. He ended up in places like Quitman, Georgia, Hickory Flat, Alabama, Alligator, Mississippi, Blackville, South Carolina, and Vidalia, Louisiana. The people were welcoming, kind, and open and enjoyed his interest in them; they were usually happy to be photographed. They told him about their lives but rarely discussed politics
The landscape spaces and structural surfaces shared visual powers emblematic of the region. Often past their prime, the colors and textures told stories as rich and varied as those of the men and women who sat for portraits.
Chronicling their stories and spaces, Late Harvest juxtaposes images and texts to suggest complex relationships and reveals a detailed picture of a region and the people who make it unique.
Forest McMullin is a freelance photographer, artist, and photographic educator based in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his BFA degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop. Currently a full time Professor of Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Atlanta campus, he is represented by Thomas Deans Fine Art in Atlanta. McMullin’s work in the permanent collections of Hunter Museum of American Art, The George Eastman Museum, Georgia Council for the Arts, American Society of Media Photographers, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester Institute of Technology, The Buffalo Museum of Science, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Southern Poverty Law Center.
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This book will be printed in the USA and requires fine printing with a focus on high end production of photographs. The book is hardcover and printed offset on 100lb silk stock, contains 79 photographs, is more than 100 pages long, and is 11" x 11". The photographs are printed with a deluxe 4 color process and a gloss varnish. This book will not not be printed without the support of this campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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