Contemporary Photographer Series - Roger May

Roger May (b. 1975) is an Appalachian American photographer and writer based in Charleston, West Virginia. He was born in the Tug River Valley, located on the West Virginia and Kentucky state line, in the Hatfield and McCoy Country. His photographs, essays, and interviews have been published by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Al Jezeera America, National Geographic, The Oxford American, Le Monde diplomatique, Photo District News, and others. In February 2014, he started the crowd-sourced Looking at Appalachia project. May speaks about his work, about the visual representation of Appalachia, and photographs on commission. He blogs at Walk your camera

Looking at Appalachia explore the diversity of Appalachia and establishes a visual counterpoint to stereotypical representations of the region, fifty years after the Declaration of War on Poverty. Drawing from a diverse population of photographers within the region, this crowd-sourced image archive serves as a reference th…

Spotlight on photography students Morgan Church, Heather Love and Hannah Taylor

The Department of Art & Design at ETSU recently had the pleasure of exhibiting work of some of the BA and BFA students in this semester's student exhibitions in the Slocumb Galleries.  A selection of images from each of these students is featured by second-year MFA Photo candidate Jordan Whitten. 

Morgan Church, BA

Morgan grew up in East Tennessee and has always loved the outdoors. Her work is based around the landscape of the region and her emotional attachment to the area.  She works with the palette derived from the landscape around her. 

Heather Love, BFA 

Working as a secretary at the Quillen College of Medicine, Heather works near a simulation lab that consists of computer driven mannequins and other artificial anatomy that can be manipulated to simulated medical conditions and situations. Heather observes these practices and tools as more than just a means of instruction.

Hannah Taylor, BA

Hannah explores the body as a landscape studying the rocky terrains and soft marshes th…

Contemporary Photographer Series - Victoria Sambunaris

Victoria Sambunaris received her MFA from Yale University in 1999. Sambunaris structures her life around a yearly photographic journey crossing the American landscape. She is currently on the road in Utah.  She is a recipient of the 2010 Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer's Fellowship and the 2010 Anonymous Was a Woman Award.  In 2011, a twelve-year survey of her work was exhibited at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY and has been traveling throughout the US.  Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Lannan Foundation.  Radius Books published her first monograph Taxonomy of a Landscape.  Sambunaris is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in NY. She was recently interviewed by first-year MFA Photo student Meg Roussos for our Contemporary Photographer Series (CPS).  

Spending months at a time on the r…

ETSU Photo Alumni Series: Amanda Musick

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Amanda Musick lives and works in Clemson, South Carolina. Musick graduated with a B.F.A. from East Tennessee State University in 2015. In addition to many regional exhibitions, Musick has most notably exhibited in Fauna, a group show juried by artist William Wegman, in San Anselmo, CA at the Smith Andersen North Gallery. Musick is attending the graduate program at Clemson University.

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What was the most difficult part of selecting a graduate program?
I wouldn't say there has been one part of the selection process more difficult than the other. There are so many questions I had to answer such as; Which professors do I most want to work with? What type of opportunities would an MFA from this program/institution provide me? Does the program encourage you to take other courses outside your medium? What are their MFA alumni doing now? Is their photography department active with other networks such as SPE? How good is the program's financial offer? Will the…

Contemporary Photographer Series - Eliot Dudik

from the series Road Ends in Water © Eliot Dudik
Eliot Dudik is a photographic artist exploring history, landscapes and politics. He holds a B.S. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Art History from the College of Charleston as well as an MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. He was named one of PDN's 30 in 2012 and one of Oxford American's New Superstars of Southern Art. Eliot's work has been displayed across the United States and Canada. Originally from Maryland, he currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia where he teaches photography at the College of William & Mary. He was recently interviewed by Jessica Blindt for our Contemporary Photographer Series (CPS)
It appears as though your camera of choice is most always a large format camera. With this continual use, are there ever times when you feel encumbered by the process?
For the work I have completed thus far, I have not felt encumbered by the large format camera. I've actually felt the oppos…

Contemporary Photographer Series - Jill Frank

© Jill Frank
Jill Frank is a visual artist who works primarily in photography. She holds a BA in photography from Bard College and an MFA in Studio Art from The School of Art Institute of Chicago. Her works have been shown nationally and internationally including a recent solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she teaches photography at Georgia State University. She was recently interviewed by Hannah Taylor for our Contemporary Photographer Series (CPS).
In your current work, the population you are photographing is exclusively college-aged, whereas your previous work featured a much broader age range. What drew you to begin focusing on young adults and what challenges have you experienced photographing them?
At the time I started this body of work, I was interested in subject matter that was widely considered unimportant, trivial, or "in bad taste" because of the way that it is typically represented in photogr…

Student Photography Association Exhibition at Tipton Gallery