Debbie Caffery Statement


Artist Statement
Emotional and mythic vision pervade Debbie Fleming Caffery's captivating images of life in her native southern Louisiana, Portugal and Mexico. Her photographs are not objective documents, but poetic stories that capture the mystery and spirit of the people and places she encounters. Caffery's images have earned her numerous awards including the first Lou Stoumen prize for documentary photography and the Governor of Louisiana's award for excellence in the arts. Her work is included in the permanent collections of many museums including the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Modern Art, land the Bibliotheque National in Paris. She received a Guggenheim in 2005 and a Katrina Media Fellowship in 2006.


Process Statement
Each of Debbie Caffery's silver prints are limited to an edition of 25 for images in 16"x20" and 20"x24". Although Caffery usually produces gelatin silver prints, three of her images have been reproduced as photogravures, a process that couples perfectly with the rich, brooding tones of Caffery's photographs. These images, chosen because they are no longer available as silver prints, are PaPa, May Van's Camp and Enterprise. The photogravures are limited to editions of 50.


 
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