Salt & Truth By Shelby Lee Adams

Candela Books is very proud to announce our upcoming collaboration with Shelby Lee Adams to publish his fourth book, Salt & Truth.

This new release is presently scheduled for October 2011, and will be followed by an exhibition in Candela Books’ new gallery space in Richmond, Virginia.  Several exhibitions, both national and international, are being scheduled to follow the release of the book. Distribution will be handled by Distributed Art Publishers.

Salt & Truth is the fourth book from American photographer Shelby Lee Adams (1950-present). A collection of 80 new photographs, taken over the past eight years and which continue a project the artist has been working on now for over 30 years. Together these powerful images of the hollow dwellers of eastern Kentucky, represent a singular access to a world that is historically not very trusting of outsiders, by a photographer who is widely recognized as a master of the medium.

Since the release of his last book, Appalachian Lives (2003), Adams has continued to add to his extraordinary body of work. Born in Hazard, Kentucky and raised in a hollow similar to those in the book, Adams’ connection to the people in his photographs is evident in the way that he has been openly welcomed into their homes and lives. Adams, along with his 4×5 view camera, is allowed into the personal space of his subjects, a witness in times of celebration as well as times of hardship. The photographs in this collection are of children and animals, of older folks, of working people, and the various details as seen through Adams camera, speak eloquently to the larger issues of faith and respect and compassion when many others might have seen only poverty and desperation. Adams knows what it means to be from this place, of this place.

Adams’ Biography

Shelby Lee Adams is an American Photographer renowned for his environmental portraiture, primarily from the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky.  Adams’ work has been featured in three monographs: Appalachian Portraits (1993), Appalachian Legacy (1998), and Appalachian Lives (2003).

Adams was also awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010.

Adams’ work is represented in many major permanent collections; including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; International Center of Photography, New York, New York; Musee De L’Elysee Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Time Life Collection, Rockefeller Center, New York, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York.

For images or further information, please contact:

Gordon Stettinius, 804.402.9261, [email protected] and visit the website as it is updated with press and publicity materials and book specifications.