Debbie Fleming Caffery


American Scholar Magazine Winter 2019 Issue

In 2016, Atlanta's High Museum commissioned me for its ongoing Picturing the South series, allowing me to return to areas in rural Mississippi and Louisiana that I had photographed on and off since the late 80's. 

I am so happy this image was chosen for the magazine

Charlie Horse

My Children's Book



Fall Line Press
Atlanta, Georgia

Elizabeth Avedon's Post

Best Photography Books of 2015

Lenscratch,"Our Favorite Things Post 2015"
Patty Lemke, Lenscratch managing Editor was asked..
What photographer inspired you this year?

  Debbie Fleming Caffery

"I was inspired by Her ALPHABET book-the images are mysterious: Treating with equal measure the spiritual presence of both humans and animals."

Lensculture, 'Photobooks of the Year, Part 11: Personal Favorites'


Dart  Center for Journalism and Trauma
Living Katrina : Ten Years Later

the whole story.

 Octavia Gallery
New Orleans

April 11-May 23
Southern Work

Out of The Shadows:
The Photographers Series with Debbie Fleming Caffery
This film about Debbie's work was chosen as one of the top 40
must-see movies for photographers.

ANTHROPY ARTS is proud to announce its third installment in The Photographers Series with a DVD featuring Debbie Fleming Caffery, who has been documenting the Louisiana sugar cane harvest, Mexican brothels, and more recently the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  The documentary travels with her through the mud of the sugar cane mills, to the devastated homes of New Orleans’s Ninth Ward, and to the South of France for the Les Rencontres Arles Photography Festival.  In the Photo Commentary, she divulges the stories behind some of her most touching and poignant images.  Plus, the Bonus Feature provides further insights to her creative process.
The film may be purchased directly through Anthropy Arts.
"Debbie's personality and pictures merge to become one wonderful entity."
Elisabeth Biondi - New Yorker Magazine

Hot of the Press!

My son, Joshua Caffery's books.

"In the Creole Twilight"

Poems and Songs from Louisiana Folklore
Illustrations by Claire Oliver Caffery

Traditional Music in Coastal Louisiana
The 1934 Lomax Recordings
By Joshua Clegg Caffery,  Forward by Barry Jean Ancelet
L.S.U. Press

Joshua Caffery is a writer and musician.  He is a founding member of The Red Stick Ramblers and a longtime member of the Louisiana French band Feu Feufollet.  Caffery was nominated for his work on the Feufollet albumn EnCouleurs.
He is currently the Alan Lomax Fellow at the Folklife Studies at the John W. Kluge Center at The  Library of Congress.
Please check out the Praise section!

After the Snake Bite used for Nightwoods

Debbie's image from After the Snake Bite, from the series of the same
name, was used by Charles Frazier and Random House printing for
Frazier's novel Nightwoods.

After the Snake Bite

The Story in Pictures: Social Documents from the Permanent Collection
New Orleans Museum of Art
Curated by Russell Lord
May 31- August 25, 2013

"I, You, We"
Whitney Museum

New York
April 25-September 1, 2013

I, You, We: three very commonplace words.  These pronouns-with all their implied complexities of meaning-provide an unexpected guide for assessing the works of art from the 1980's and early 1990's in the Museum's collection.  What becomes apparent in this survey of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs is how the personal, social, and collective issues and concerns of artist of the time are still relevanct several decades later.
I,YOU,WE is organized by David Kiehl, Curator Prints

Kelly Fleming Wines
Proudly presents their third vintage of Big Pour. These limited edition wines from Calistoga, Ca feature Debbie's work on the bottle label. Visit for more information.

Big Pour

On the Laid -Back Art of Tubing
Oxford American Magazine


SECAC Conference, Keynote Speaker
Durham, North Carolina
Thursday October 18
Carolina Theater 8 PM 

"Spirit Realm"
Barrister Gallery, New Orleans
Oct. 13-Nov. 3

"Stop The Presses, Life and Death at The Times Picayune"
By Chris Rose

Oxford American Magazine


 "Outlands: Land Over Time"

Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta Georgia

Michael P Smith Documentary Award

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Oil Spill:Information Gulf
Santa Fe Art Institute
Santa Fe New Mexico
Exhibition and Panel discussion

Religion in The Ruins
Finding Faith After the Hurricane 
Time Magazine web site

Pictures by Women:
A History of Modern Photography, covers photography's 170 year history
Museum of Modern Art, New York

I am so happy to have one of my images included in this exhibit

"Recollection: Thirty Years of Photography" at The New York Public Library, Sept. 29-Jan. 2, 2011



Debbie's image Selma was used to illustrate an article written by Robert Bolaño.

The Washington Post Sunday Magazine:
The Inauguration Issue

"Polly's Hand" was used by the magazine to illustrate the poem "Fleshing- out the Season" by Yusef Komnyakaa.

This truly was one of my most happiest days of my life when I found out Polly's Hand was going to be in the Ignauration Issue!

Moving Walls 14 Group Exhibit
Open Society Institute, Washington, D.C.
Allons Boire un Coup

A Collection of Cajun and Creole Drinking Songs





© Debbie Fleming Caffery

The stereotype is an old one: people in Southwest Louisiana like to
party. People come from all over the country, from all over the world
even, to party in places like Eunice, Mamou and Lafayette. Anyone who
lives in these places can confirm this. People in Southern Louisiana
like to drink, and they do so often.

The stereotype falls short, however, by offering a limited version of
how Cajuns and Creoles drink and how they talk and sing about drinking.
People in every part of the world drink, but people in Southern
Louisiana don’t just drink, they create powerful artistic expressions
about drinking, songs and stories that place drinking within the
currents of a vital, dynamic culture, visions of the bottle weaving in
with the pain of lost love, the turning cycles of death and rebirth and
the rituals of celebration and mourning that order and nurture our
spiritual and social lives.

Yes, Cajun and Creole musicians do get drunk. In fact, as I write this,
there is a drunk Cajun sitting right next to me, playing the accordion.
This is not the point, however. In the songs collected on this album, we
can see that Cajuns and Creoles do far more that just get wasted. In
these songs, drunk people dream. They waltz. They get their guns and go
out in the middle of the night and kill raccoons. When their bottles are
empty, they stomp their feet and play furious, driving dirges on the
fiddle. People all over the world get drunk on Saturday night and have
hangovers on Sunday, but Cajuns drink a glass of lemonade and then write
a song about it.

It’s not particularly interesting or important that people in Southern
Louisiana like to drink. Of utter importance, however, are the wild and
sometimes strange things they do when they drink and party together, and
the soulful, brilliant way they transform these activities into song.


We hope this album is a good example of both.
- Producer Joshua Clegg Caffery

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