Shelby Lee Adams
Brice and Crow on Porch by Shelby Lee Adams
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Gelatin silver print
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned, in pencil, au recto and verso
Printed circa 1997
Edition of 25 (#7/25)
Shelby Lee Adams has been photographing Appalachian families and individuals over the past 5 decades. Born and raised in Hazard, Kentucky, Shelby’s work is a personal expressive statement of the human condition as seen through portraits he makes of his subjects, many of which he photographs year after year.
– Adapted from Wikipedia
This photograph is one of the best-known images by Shelby Lee Adams, depicting his childhood friend and early subject, Brice, together with his older brother, Crow. Using a strong electronic flash, Shelby renders the details crisp, while creating an otherworldly quality to their porch. The composition also highlights a sense of danger one feels for the small puppy that is innocently sniffing around directly under Crow.