|Name Shelby Adams||Role Photographer|
|Education Cleveland Institute of Art|
Books Appalachian portraits, Appalachian lives
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Similar People Lee Smith, Minor White, Bruce Gilden, Robert Adams
What and where is appalachia
Shelby Lee Adams (born October 24, 1950) is an American environmental portrait photographer and artist best known for his images of Appalachian family life.
- What and where is appalachia
- The true meaning of pictures
- Life and career
- The True Meaning of Pictures
- Books by Adams
- Permanent collections
The true meaning of pictures
Life and career
Adams has photographed Appalachian families since the mid-1970s. He had first encountered the poor families of the Appalachian mountains as a child, travelling around the area with his uncle, who was a doctor. His work has been published in three monographs: Appalachian Portraits (1993), Appalachian Legacy (1998), and Appalachian Lives (2003).
The True Meaning of Pictures
Adams was the subject of a documentary film by Jennifer Baichwal in 2002 - The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams's Appalachia. This was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, and at the Sundance Festival in 2003. The film critiques and defends Adams' method in photographing Appalachian people for his previously published books.