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J Henry Fair
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

The South is simultaneously a region, a state of mind, and a heritage. The land is beautiful, bountiful, and gentle, and the people are often the same. But the horrible legacy of slavery has left a corrosive social divide.

These pictures, shot over many years and across different formats, represent an ongoing portrait of home. With this set, I wanted to offer a window into the South: beautiful landscapes (ironically often created by slaves), hunters and revelers, portraits of Martin Luther King hanging in a home and barber shop.

This is a portrait of the land of my youth, a strange place that is a mixture of easy living, beauty, mystery, and deep tragedy.

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