Friday, April 17, 2009

Debbie Fleming Caffery exhibition at Photo Eye

Artist Reception and Book Signing: Thursday, June 4, 2009, 5-7 PM
June 4, 2009 – July 4, 2009

photo-eye Gallery is pleased to announce The Spirit & The Flesh, photographs by Debbie Fleming Caffery. Debbie will be present for this reception and book signing on June 4, 2009 from 5-7PM.

The Spirit & the Flesh, published by RADIUS BOOKS, balances the themes of grace and redemption, sin and forgiveness that Caffery encountered in Mexico. Her black and white photographs are rich in contrast and unabashedly sensuous, deftly documenting the turbulent emotional landscape. Her wholehearted visual acuity suffuses the work, and represents an engagement with both the subject matter as well as a range of human emotion rarely seen in contemporary work.

Caffery has been photographing for over 15 years in a small village in rural Mexico. The project began with her interest in documenting the local Fiesta of Saint Michael the Archangel. Caffery found that this remote rural village, best known for its coffee bean farms, reminded her of the sugar cane communities in Louisiana, where she had grown up. Returning to Mexico to photograph whenever possible, she eventually rented a small house from the priest in the local church complex. With time, she discovered that within the neighborhood, was a Cantina/Brothel that had peak business on Sundays. Caffery received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005 that has given her assistance necessary to spend more time in Mexico to further develop this series entitled Deseos Sobre Todo (Desire Overall).

In addition to the Guggenheim, Caffery has also received the Katrina Media Fellowship 2006 that has aided her efforts to document the plight of those affected by Hurricane Katrina, as well as the Lou Stoumen Mid Career Grant 1996 and the Governors Art Award from Louisiana for Professional Artist of the Year 1990. She has received several documentary commissions photographing for: Encontros De Fotografia (a Portuguese photographic association), The Center of Photography in Tucson, The Center of Documentary Studies at Duke University and US New and World Report

Please join us on Thursday, June 4, 6-9 PM to celebrate the release of Debbie’s new monograph! Signed copies will be available for $65.00
For more information about this exhibition or to arrange an interview, please contact Anne Kelly or Heather Prichard at photo-eye Gallery by phone at 505.988.5159 x202 or by email at gallery@photoeye.com.

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