Maude Schuyler Clay with MISSISSIPPI HISTORY

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 5:00pm

Our friend and famed Mississippi photographer Maude Schuyler Clay presents her new book of photography, MISSISSIPPI HISTORY.


Maude Schuyler Clay was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. After attending the University of Mississippi and the Memphis Academy of Arts, she assisted the photographer William Eggleston. She moved to New York City and worked at LIGHT Gallery and then as a photography editor and photographer for Esquire, Fortune, Vanity Fair, and other publications. When she returned to live in the Mississippi Delta in 1987, she continued her color portrait work, for which she received the Mississippi Arts and Letters award for photography in 1988, and in 1992. In 1993, she began a series of black and white photographs of the Delta landscape. She received the Mississippi Art Commission’s Individual Artist Grant in 1998. The University Press of Mississippi published her widely recognized monograph DELTA LAND in 1999, which received the Mississippi Arts and Letter Award in 2000. She was the Photography Editor of the literary magazine The Oxford American from 1998-2002. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The National Museum for Women in the Arts, among others. 

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Maude Schuyler Clay: Mississippi History By Maude Schuyler Clay (Photographer), Richard Ford (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Maude Schuyler Clay (Photographer), Richard Ford (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9783869309743
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Steidl - December 29th, 2015

Maude Schuyler Clay started her color portrait series Mississippi History in 1975 when she acquired her first Rolleiflex Twin Lens Reflex camera. At the time, she was living and working in New York and paying frequent visits to her native Mississippi Delta, whose landscape and people continued to inspire her.