UPSTATE: Photographs by Tema Stauffer is a forthcoming hard cover book with thirty-three color photographs, a foreword by novelist Xhenet Aliu, and an essay by photo historian Alison Nordström. With your support, this monograph will be published by Daylight Books in fall 2018, coinciding with my New Faculty Solo Exhibition at the Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University opening on October 22nd, 2018.
The photographs of UPSTATE explore the community, culture, landscape and architecture of one of the oldest regions in the country. Located on the shores of the upper Hudson River, the city of Hudson was the first city chartered in the United States in 1785 and it developed rapidly as a thriving whaling and merchant seaport. After an economic downturn in the early 19th century, Hudson’s economy rose again during the mid-century through heavy industries such as iron factories and mills. The Hudson River School, a mid-19th century art movement embodied by a group of landscape painters such as Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church, portrayed the natural beauty of pastoral landscape in the Hudson Valley and themes of discovery, exploration, and settlement. During the 20th century, Hudson’s economy suffered from effects of the Great Depression and the closing of its factories and loss of manufacturing jobs. In recent decades, Hudson has experienced new economic growth, revitalization and transformation through a migration of newcomers from larger cities. The UPSTATE series captures sublime elements, while also recording the imprint of American industrial and agricultural history and shifting economic realities on settings throughout this region. In many ways, the ups and downs of Hudson’s cultural and economic landscape reflect the experiences of industrial cities across America.
Xhenet Aliu is the author of the novel Brass (Random House, 2018) and the story collection Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories (University of Nebraska Press, 2013), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. Her fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Lenny, LitHub, Buzzfeed, Hobart, and elsewhere, and she has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and other commendations, including a special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology.
Alison Nordström is an independent scholar, writer and curator based in Cambridge, Massachusetts specializing in historical and contemporary photographs of all kinds. Formerly the Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography, (Florida) and Senior Curator of Photographs/Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House, (New York) she is the author of over 100 published books and essays on photographic topics, and has curated over 100 photographic exhibitions in nine countries. Currently a Research Associate at Harvard, she is also a visiting scholar in photography at Lesley University and the photo/video editor for the Journal of Florida Studies. She has recently served as Artistic Director of Fotofestiwal Lodz, in Poland, and is an exhibition curator for the Hamburg (Germany) Triennial in 2018. She holds a PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies.
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The UPSTATE publication and the exhibition were made possible in part by two research grants and additional funding from the Research Development Committee at East Tennessee State University. I am asking for your support towards the final stages of funding necessary to realize the production of the monograph and exhibition. Rewards for contributions include copies of the book upon publication, gallery edition prints of each image, and special edition prints of the six images from the series pictured above. All of the images from the series can be seen on my website at the link for the UPSTATE series (www.temastauffer.com/upstate/).
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