Yoffy Press releases 'Our Strange New Land: Photographs by Alex Harris'

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Yoffy Press releases 'Our Strange New Land: Photographs by Alex Harris'
Released to coincide with the High Museum’s Picturing the South: 25 Years exhibition (running November 5 – February 6), this immersive photobook reveals a new generation of filmmakers coming to terms with matters of race, class, and sexuality that relate not just to the South but to the whole country.

ATLANTA, GA.- Commissioned by the High Museum in Atlanta as part of its Picturing the South series, photographer Alex Harris chose to examine the rapidly evolving world of independent fiction filmmaking while also exploring our increasingly visual culture. Made on over 40 film sets throughout the region, his photographs reveal a new generation of filmmakers coming to terms with matters of race, class, and sexuality that relate not just to the South but to the whole country. Harris’ photographs also hint at more universal aspects of life – the ways in which we are all actors in our own lives, creating our sets, practicing our lines, refining our characters, playing ourselves.

Blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor have created this immersive photobook, using still photographs to evoke their own cinematic-like narrative. Our Strange New Land is a portrait of the American South that is at once familiar and surprising, delightful and frightening, sobering and beautiful.

As Charles Bethea wrote about one photograph from this book for the New Yorker, “Harris’s photograph brings to mind the especially painful intertwined histories of race and law enforcement in the South. Yet the scene is a doubly staged
moment of conflict—a picture of another picture being made in a region, and a country, that has not yet been able to fully make sense of, or prevent, scenes of the real thing.”

Alex Harris is a photographer, writer, and teacher. He is a founder of the Center of Documentary Studies at Duke University and ofDoubleTake magazine. Harris’ awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography and a Lyndhurst Prize. His work is represented in major museum photographic collections and his photographs have been exhibited widely, including a 2019-2020 solo exhibition at the High Museum of Art as the recipient of the Picturing the South commission. As a photographer and editor, Harris has published eighteen books, including River of Traps, with William deBuys, a 1991 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction, and most recently Dream of a House: The Passions and Preoccupations of Reynolds Price (2017), and Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922 (2019), both with Margaret Sartor.

Harris is represented by MB Abram in Los Angeles, Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, and the Webster Collection in Santa Fe.

Margaret Sartor is a writer and visual artist. Her seven books include the critically acclaimed memoir Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing Up in the 1970s (2006) and What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney (2000), with Geoff Dyer. As a curator, Sartor has worked with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the International Center for Photography in New York, the Jehangir Nicholson Gallery in Mumbai, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her photographs are represented in private and permanent collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and North Carolina Museum of Art.

Roni Nicole Henderson is a Columbia, SC-based filmmaker, photographer, and educator. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and film festivals across the country and internationally including Spelman Museum of Fine Art, The Columbia Museum of Art, the Blackstar Film Festival, The Pan African Film Festival, and many more. In 2019, Roni was an Indie Grits Lab Filmmaker-in-Residence and a recipient of a South Carolina Film Commission Indie Grant, which funded her latest short narrative film, And the People Could Fly.

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