Analog Explorations: Photographs from Texas and the American South
By Clark Baker
April 6 – May 3, 2016
Student Curators: Caryn Byllott, Christine Adoara Buckley, Maria Katherine Braswell, Megan Haug, Skyler Hunter Simpson, Sophia Hei Man Wong
Faculty Coordinator: Gianni Rossiello
About the Exhibition:
This exhibition includes analog photographs depicting quintessential scenes of the American South. Clark sought to reveal the personality of the South, including subject matter such as the importance of religion, the simplicity of the landscape, and the rich historical past. When asked about his documentary style of photography, he stated, “Our culture is fast, noisy, modern, complicated and violent in many ways. I think I enjoy creating images in opposition to those characteristics.” Although this series of images focuses on attributes of the American South, Clark has chosen to display his images in Italy because of a personal connection to Florence and his prevailing interest in history. This poignant series offers commentary on the strong ties people have to the south.
Clark Baker has been practicing photography since he was 12 years old. He describes himself as a self-taught photographer, but has photographed all over the world. Clark accomplished his undergraduate degree in Social Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, received an MA in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and then a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He currently teaches at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
See the catalog here.