Photographs in my ABC Book are images from my archive and some images I created for the book were inspired by my granddaugher.
"As a Curator of Photography, I have an abiding love for the book as an exciting medium for presenting artist' work in thought full and playful ways. Alphabet, by Debbie Fleming Caffery, is a special volume that transcends the beauty and interest one typically expects of a compilation by a master photographer. This is a book to savor not just on one's own, but also with family. I imagine sitting down with my young daughter, Scarlett, who will soon be one and a half years old, to discover this book. Turning page after page, we will unearth together how letters, words, and powerfully evocative pictures drawn from the everday world can lead our imaginations to soar, unlocking the power of creativity in the process of learning and discovery.
Debbie Fleming Caffery is considered one of the great contemporary photographers of the American South. Known for an exceptional and broad body of work, spanning haunting image of sugar cane harvesting in Louisiana to striking portraits and landscapes in Mexico and the Mississippi Delta, her picutres are collected by museums and art enthusiast around the world.The wonderful lyricism of her images evoke an open-ended sense of mystery that provides the perfect avenue through which to discove the possibilites of our surroundings and their creative relationship to the building blocks of language."
Keough Family Curator of Photography and Head of Collections, High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Published by Twin Pams Publsihing
FIRST EDITION CASEBOUND 11 by 12
Also available a limited edition of 25 in a clamshell box with an 8 by 10 silver gelatin photograph signed by the artist.
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Published by Twin Palms Press
Limited edition of 25 in a clamshell box with an 8 by 10 silver gelatin photograph signed by the artist.
Order from Twin Palms Publishing.
Her most recent book, Polly, chronicles her long friendship with a solitary and proud African-American woman in the sugar country of Louisiana. Images of Polly are included in the permanent collections of many museums including the Metropolitian Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of Art, amd the Bibliotheque National in Paris.
"Both Polly Joseph and Debbie Fleming Caffery are women of Southern Louisiana and together they formed an intimate, isolated bond initiated by photography and matured into an unlikely friendship. The details of Polly's life, present and past, became a collection of fables Caffery drank in like the dust-filled air and the deep, articulated shadows that surrounded them. Caffery's photographs transmit mystery and truth through the story, body, and home of Polly: they are a collective portrait of unspeakable power"
Trudy Wilner Stack
"An extraordinary photographic project began one day in 1984, when Debbie Fleming Caffery, a Louisiana native, saw Polly, a black woman in her seventies, on the porch of a cabin she'd been driving past for more than a year. The interior was lit only by the sun that came through its small windows and the flow from a fireplace that had left a sooty pall over everything, but it became Caffery's favorite place to visit and photograph. 'You know when you become consumed with a project?', the photographer asks. 'I went there so often and I thought about her so much--I would dream about her. Going to Polly's was like being vacuumed into a feeling of security and warmth. I would rather have gone to her house than any place during those years.' This devotion is evident in the photographs, and it's clearly returned by Polly, who opens herself to the camera with remarkable