Shelby Lee Adams Lecture: 5/2/12
Shelby Lee Adams: Salt & Truth
Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 6:30 pm
BU College of General Studies, Room 511
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Shelby Lee Adams discussed his new book, Salt & Truth, published by Candela Books in October 2011 and featured in The New York Times Sunday Review in November 2011. The book is a compilation of black and white photographs predominately made over the last eight years, including ten previously unpublished images that represent an overview of the entire 36 years Adams has continued working within his native community in Eastern Kentucky. His slide presentation included informal photos made with his friends and subjects as well as quotes and observations made by his people to share with and inform the viewer of his process and the collaborative nature of his work.

Shelby Lee Adams was born in 1950 in Hazard, Kentucky. Since 1974, he has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, and his photographs are included in more than sixty museum and private collections. Before Salt & Truth in 2011, Adams released three books: Appalachian Portraits with an introduction by Lee Smith in 1993, Appalachian Legacy with text by the author in 1998, and Appalachian Lives with text by Vickie Goldberg in 2003; the University Press of Mississippi published all three books. Adams has received numerous awards throughout his career, most notably a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and Survey Grant and the John Simon Guggenheim Photography Fellowship in 2010. In addition, the Polaroid Corporation has continuously collected and published his work internationally.

Photos by Helena Goessens
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