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The Shadows

Published by Twin Pams Publsihing

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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"The true artist always mix the the inner substance of the soul with the essence of the subject to derive droplets of imagery from the resultant alchemy.  This magical process requires total involvement of the heart. Debbie Fleming Caffery's work radiates the fusion of her personal passion with the emotional energy of her subjects.  From this fundamental union comes the depth and power of her images."
Francis Ford Coppola

Debbbie Fleming Caffery's images can be seen as articles of faith. The relentless insistence of subject and symbol in these images is assuredly their greatest strenght.  This vigor relults from a tension that can be both visual and emotional.  In this marshy no-man's-land between description and illusion, her photographs serve as an able guide to truths that are better sensed than seen."
John Lawrence

One of  The 25 Best Books of 2002, The Magazine, Santa Fe New Mexico



 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


The Spirit and the Flesh
Essay by Carrie Springer
Excerpts from the Poem "Ghost Sickness" by Luis Alberto Urrea

Signed Copies available  from Gitterman Gallery: or 212
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Hurricane Images

Catalog of images from Exhibition 2009
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Photographies Debbie Fleming Caffery
Collection l'oiseau rare-Filigranes Editions/L'oiseau rare Sarl 2000
Images of Children

prefacees par Alain Desvergnes, Textes et entretien de Gabriel Bauret
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