Shelby Lee Adams: salt & truth May 4 — June 30, 2012

Shelby Lee Adams was born in 1950 in Hazard, a small town in eastern Kentucky. Although he grew up in the back seat of his father's car, moving from place to place, he settled near Hot Spot, living with his grandparents while he attended high school. It was there, trapped between the worlds of country and town kids, that Adams found solace in art and photography books.

Then, in the mid 1960s, the Peace Corps and other government agencies descended on Appalachia to document the poverty sweeping the area. When a film crew visited his hometown, Adams took them to his meet his grandparents and his uncle, a country doctor. When the media described them as malnourished and poor, his friends and family felt betrayed. This devastated Adams, who felt he had misled the people he so dearly loved -- an experience that profoundly impacted his life and launched a career in photography dedicated to the region.

For more than thirty years, Shelby Lee Adams has been photographing in Appalachia, visiting families within the mountain hollers. Salt & Truth is his fourth book dedicated to the people of this region, and is a testament to his commitment to present his friends and family with dignity and truth. Although he now lives in Massachusetts, Shelby Lee Adams' heart is forever in Appalachia.

All black and white images are available as 16 x 20" and/or 11 x 14" toned gelatin silver prints made in editions of 25. Pieces range in price from $900 to $3000, depending on size and availability.
 
All color images are available as 16 x 20" and/or 11 x 14" pigment prints made in editions of 25. Pieces range in price from $900 to $3000, depending on size and availability.
 
Please call: (312) 266 - 2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.
Shelby Lee Adams
105 Degrees at the Napier's, 1994
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Berthie Napier with Pipe and John, 1992
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Billy Ray, 2003
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Brenda , 2004
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Children with Blind Horse , 2008
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Dan, Krissy & Leddie, 1993
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Driving Straight to Hell, 1988
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Eagle's Nest, 2008
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Eddie Wayne Living Room, 2010
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Frankie with Shucky Beans, 2002
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James, 2003
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Jamie & NayBug, 2008
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Jeffrey & Adam, 2004
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Jerry at James' Funeral, 2009
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Kizzie at Flowerpots, 1995
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Larry in Garage, 2004
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Leddie with Children, 1990
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Leslie, 2007
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Lloyd Deane with Family and Coal Truck, 2002
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Louverna, 2008
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Louverna's Funeral, 2008
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Loyd Dean's Pool Table, 2006
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Martha and Kizzie with Recycled Water Bottles, 2009
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Napier Brothers with Puppies, 1993
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Nora's Bedroom, 1995
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Sheba Asleep, 2007
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Slone's on Porch, 1988
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Tammy in Culvert , 2008
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The Home Funeral, 1990
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The Offering, 1988
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Tyler and Sheba, 2001
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Vanessa, 2007
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Wasp, 2005