Photography has always been a part of Hilda Stuart's life. Growing up on a rural Mississippi farm, she began documenting family, church, local landscapes, and social gatherings in the 1940s. During the mid-1950s she worked as an assistant at the George Day Photography Studios in Philadelphia, Mississippi. While Stuart embarked on a career in banking in the 1960s, she never surrendered her camera. Hilda Stuart's photographs act as a lens into Mississippi in the third quarter of the twentieth century, focused on her family, prominent political campaigns, and traveling musicians. They are a bridge between the musical and photographic worlds of her son, Marty Stuart, documenting his early musical influences and developing career.
Marty Stuart, and his wife Connie, will join us at Off Square Books for the event.