We’ve got a lot of exciting things planned for the next few months. At the top of the list, our first book will be released in June! And we’re starting off with a bang…
Kael Alford was chosen to participate in the High Museum’s exhibition Picturing the South that opens June 9th. Kael is documentary photographer and photojournalist currently based in Dallas, TX. But she called Atlanta home for several years when we taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She’s covered wars and conflicts in the Balkans and in Iraq for many news publications. Her photography about the impact of the Iraq war on Iraqi civilians became widely recognized through the exhibition and book: “Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq” (Chelsea Green 2005).
The series that will be shown at the High, and the series we’re making into a book, is called Bottom of ‘Da Boot. The coast of Louisiana is disappearing. Eroding into the Gulf of Mexico, coastal marshlands are severely damaged by canals dredged to aid oil and gas extraction. The coastal zone is simultaneously sinking due to the extraction of underlying oil and gas deposits. Kael’s interest in this place was initially sparked by looking for the roots of her grandmother’s family around Point-aux Chene and Isle Jean Charles, two largely Native American villages. People who live in these places, have struggled to achieve federal acknowledge of their Native American status, but as their land continues to erode, time may be running out.
We’re proud to stand behind Kael and this project full of beautiful images and important context. Keep checking our blog on Fridays for updates, interviews and information about Kael and her book. In the meantime, watch this video of Kael in China overseeing the printing of her book.