New Southern Photography highlights the exciting and diverse breadth of photography being practiced in the American South today from twenty-five emerging, mid-career, and established photographers. This catalogue, produced in conjunction with the exhibit debuted at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in the fall of 2018, explores the role photography plays in formulating the visual iconography of the modern New South and regional identity in an interconnected and global world. Themes and ideas addressed include: memory, the experience of place in the American South, cultural mythology and reality, deep familial connections to the land, the tension between the past and present, and the transitory nature of change in the New South.
Richard McCabe is a photographer, curator, and writer based in New Orleans. He was born in England and grew up in the American South. In 1998, he received an MFA in Studio Art from Florida State University. Since 2010, he has been the Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
A native son of Mississippi, Bradley Sumrall is a writer and curator based in New Orleans’ historic Faubourg Tremé. Currently Curator of the Collection for Ogden Museum of Southern Art, he has written extensively on the art and culture of the American South.
L. Kasimu Harris, a New Orleans native, is a storyteller who uses writing, photography, and video to push the narrative. He has participated in 20 group exhibitions across America, two abroad and three solo photography exhibitions. His most recent show in 2016, was titled “L. Kasimu,” at the Warehouse Gallery in Red Hook, Brooklyn. This marked Harris’ New York exhibition debut. In 2015, he was in both “The Rising” and “Louisiana Contemporary” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and garnered coverage in The New York Times, NPR and other publications.