Blue Muse: Timothy Duffy's Southern Photographs

Blue Muse: Timothy Duffy's Southern Photographs

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The tintype is rooted in more than 150 years of photographic method. In this collection of extraordinary portraits, Timothy Duffy brings new vitality to this old form, capturing powerful images of musicians who represent the roots of American music. These American blues, jazz, and folk artists are living expressions of a cultural legacy, made and remade by everyday people and passed down through generations. In the hands of the people in Duffy's portraits, centuries-old traditions find new expression in this digital millennium. Likewise, Duffy's photographic techniques fuse old forms and the original collodion wet plates with modern lighting. In this collaboration between photographer and artist, music and image meet around a history of struggle, adaptability, and creativity. It is this ethos that Duffy captures in his tintypes.

Some of the musicians in Duffy's photographs have found fame, but most have not. While the world finds inspiration in the grassroots creativity of these musicians, barriers of class, race, and place often keep them underacknowledged and obscured. But in these photographs, Duffy demands they be seen.

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ISBN-13: 9781469648279
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 01/14/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 152
File size: 52 MB
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About the Author

Timothy Duffy's photography is held in the permanent collections of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Morris Museum of Art, among other museums and institutions. With his wife, Denise, he is cofounder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Russell Lord is the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). His deepest area of expertise is the origins of photography, but Lord has written and lectured widely on almost every moment in the history of photography. His recent publications include: Looking Again: Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art (2018), and Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument (2013). Much of his research focuses on the relationships between photography and other visual media
William Ferris is Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ferris is coeditor of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Southern Culture and author of several other books, including the informal trilogy The South in Color: A Visual Journal, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, and Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues.

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Beautiful, powerful, and unique photograph work.—Eric Lutz, Saint Louis Art Museum

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Blue Muse: Timothy Duffy's Southern Photographs 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bookwomen37 24 days ago
The book is filled with Haunting Tintype Photographs of many lesser known Blues Musicians. The author explains his technique and then presents the photographs with a little bit of text. The photographs really capture the souls of the musicians. Any fan of music and photography will enjoy this book. This book will make a great gift
diane92345 7 months ago
Blue Muse contains fifty photographs of blues, jazz, folk, and gospel musicians. It also includes ten more landscapes and close-ups of musical instruments. All use a tintype process that was popular during the Civil War. The long exposures and judicious use of light and shadow make statements about the life of those depicted. All appear to be traveling a hard-luck road, whether from poverty or poor choices. The use of the old tintype process enhances this feeling. Some subjects clearly enjoy being photographed—others not so much. Blue Muse is recommended for both photography and traditional music fans. The photographs are intense and beautiful. 4 stars! Thanks to the University of North Carolina Press and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
brf1948 7 months ago
The Blue Muse is a collection of astonishing likenesses of blues masters from near and far, now and then. Timothy Duffy manages to get the soul of the music in these portraits. Those personal notes he picked up while visiting with these blues greats are even more special. The Blue Muse is art in and of itself. I received a free electronic copy of this collection from Netgalley, Timothy Duffy, and University of North Carolina in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your hard work with me.