Shelby Lee Adams
Lot #020

Vanessa, 2007

Signed by Shelby Lee Adams silver gelatin print, edition 1/25


Donor: Shelby Lee Adams

Appalachian Girl standing in front of her great-grandmothers portrait.


Shelby Lee Adams, born 1950, in Hazard, Kentucky, has dedicated his life to photographing the mountain people of Eastern Kentucky. His photographs are collected in more than 60 museum and private collections; he has exhibited in numerous one person and group exhibitions internationally. In 1993 his first book was published, "Appalachian Portraits." 1998 “Appalachian Legacy,” and in 2003, “Appalachian Lives,” all published by The University Press of Mississippi. In 2011, “salt & truth,” his 4th book was published by Candela Books of Richmond Virginia. Since 2008 he has been working toward his first color book. Shelby has received numerous awards throughout his career, A National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and Survey Grant, Polaroid Corporation has awarded him grants, collected and published his work Internationally, and he was awarded The John Simon Guggenheim Photography Fellowship in 2010.

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