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Oraien Catledge: Photographs

Published by University Press of Mississippi, 2010
ISBN 10: 1604735007 / ISBN 13: 9781604735000
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Title: Oraien Catledge: Photographs

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Signed by Oraien Catledge and editor Constance Lewis at the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award Ceremony in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on 6/4/11. Oraien Catledge is the 2011 award recipient for photography. University Press of Mississippi, United States, 2010. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 305 x 279 mm. This is a lavishly illustrated survey of the work of acclaimed American photographer, Oraien Catledge. Oraien Catledge, a Mississippian born in 1928, was entirely self-taught as a photographer and came to his vocation near the end of his career as an advocate for the blind. His singularly arresting black and white images - which often take the working poor as their subject - are celebratory and inquiring of the human condition, without resorting to sentimentality or artifice. His gritty, everyman subject matter and direct approach recall the work of Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Margaret Bourke-White, photographers who documented the people and hardships of the Great Depression. His memories of the Mississippi Delta - another area beset with poverty - furnished him with the understanding and sympathy to engage his subjects without exploitation or judgment. Bookseller Inventory # 000202

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Oraien Catledge was born in Sumner, Mississippi, in 1928, and came to his photographer's vocation near the end of a long career as a social worker in the state of Mississippi, and as an advocate for the blind throughout the South.

Although principally a photographer of people, Catledge's sensuous, fastidious black and white work documents the landscapes and cityscapes of Mississippi and New Orleans, as well as imagining and recording the insular, working-class lives of the Cabbagetown neighborhood in center-city Atlanta -- the signal achievement upon which his considerable reputation rests.

As novelist Richard Ford states in his introduction, Catledge's remarkable photographs insist on the world as a movingly shared place. They seize their subjects with a palpable and seemingly inexhaustible relish, "as if the photographer has found each subject's?face, expression, physical attitude and posture [so] full of dense complexity?." that the choice to make the photograph became an intoxicating one.

Catledge's photographs do more than simply arrest us. By their great affirming particularity, by their ambition , their perceptiveness, by their searching and patient eye and by what Ford calls their subjects' "radiant sense of chosen-nes," they cause us to concur in a spirit of munificence, which transcends their southern subjects and settings and achieves an indisputable connection with the great photography of the last century.

From the Inside Flap: The celebration of a life's work in fine art photography

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