John Bennette presents a special exhibition at the Whiskey Bonding Barn
during the Slow Exposures exhibit.
Are most contemporary photographers of the south haunted by Christenberry, Evans, and McLaughlin or is something else at work? The land itself is a character that overwhelms and seems always ready for its moment. You cannot get away from history. Memories are soaked into the land and the people who dwell on that land.
It is easy to fall into dreams and reverie. Looking at southern light and shadows summon shifting memories; sight exposes you to voices from the past. Photography has one of its many definitions as fixing a shadow. Southern Memories Inside and Out is an essay about my memories as a son of the South who has left but still returns.
It combines images from a number of sources, from local to international artists who at some time came to the south and felled under its spell. There are dualities to this exhibition. Artists in the exhibit will include:
John Bennette hails from Alabama and began collecting photography, with a remarkedly good eye, 30 years ago while living and working in New York City where he still resides. Today his collection of 350 photographs is the evny of many a curator and museum. When not browsing for his next acquisition, Mr. Bennette teaches a course in collecting at the New School in New York City, travels the world lecturing at institutions, and advises up-and-coming photographers on their portfolios. Slow Exposures was honored to have Mr. Bennette as a juror for the 2005 show and a workshop instructor in 2007 and 2009.