Books
Alphabet
Fall Line Press
This sumptuous hardbound edition features 26 black and white photographs, each corresponding with letters of the alphabet. Pulled from Caffery s deep archive, this book reimagines in an open and creative way that essential experience of every childhood our ABCs. A unique and beautiful book, able to reach hearts and minds through the playful interaction between the alphabet and photography.

FORWARD
"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."

-Brett Abbott 
Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Forth Worth, Texas

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The Spirit & The Flesh
Essay by Carrie Springer, foreword and poem by Luis Alberto Urrea
Radius Books
Beginning in the mid-1990s, Louisiana-born photographer Debbie Fleming Caffery lived and worked on the grounds of the Catholic church in a small village in northeastern Mexico using a tortilla shack as her studio. In addition to the religious life of the town, she turned her lens on the nearby cantina that occasionally served as a brothel. The Spirit and the Flesh explores the themes of grace, redemption, sin and forgiveness that Caffery encountered in this community--of which she has said, "I felt incredibly comfortable in a culture rich in celebrations of religious feasts, with strong, independent, highly emotional people, much like the people I grew up with in southwest Louisiana. The brothel brought new elements into my work: secrets, sensual needs, desire and, often, unexpected love."

+ Read the review by Elizabeth Avedon

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ENTER HISTORY: 
The Washington Post Magazine
The Inauguration Issue 2009
My photograph of "Polly’s Hand" was published in the the Washington Post Inauguration Issue in 2009 for President Obama. The image was used by the magazine to illustrate the poem "Fleshing — out the Season" by Yusef Komnyakaa 

Having Polly’s photograph in this Issue honoring Obama’s inauguration has been one of the greatest joys in my photographic career. The time I spent with her resides in my heart. – Debbie Fleming Caffery

Polly
Twin Palms Press
“Polly Joseph and Debbie Fleming Caffery are women of southern Louisiana. 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

Limited Editon
Edition of 25 copies laid in a clamshell box
8 x10 silver-gelatin photograph signed by the artist

9 x 10 inches • 25 duotone plates • 60 pages





Hurricane Images
Arthur Roger Gallery – Exhibition Catalogue


Under the auspices of a grant from the Open Society Initiative, native Louisianan Debbie Fleming Caffery explored the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, a small portion of which is compellingly captured here. Focusing primarily on the Lower Ninth Ward, Caffery photographed the debris left behind in the wake of mass evacuations - wrecked cars, a steak knife and an eggshell, photographs tacked to walls, a pair of dentures - and the journey of many displaced residents from the overcrowded and increasingly dangerous New Orleans Convention Center and Superdome to a shelter in Baton Rouge.




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The Shadows
Twin Palms Press
“Debbie 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 strength. This vigor results 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

“The subject matter of Debbie Fleming Caffery’s new work shifts from the mysterious and hard life of the Louisiana sugar culture to that of foreign imagery. The style of her photography remains the same. Light is never allowed to blind us to the darkness of human existence and its inexorable limitations. But neither is darkness allowed to swallow the bitter sweet moments of disclosure. She has found the spiritual, together with its enemies.” — James R. Watson

Limited Edition also Available
Edition of 25 copies laid in a clamshell box
original print numbered and signed by the artist




Collection l'oiseau rare
Filigranes Editions/L'oiseau rare Sar
Text by Alain Desvergnes and Gabriel Bauret
Filigranes Editions
The third in a fantastic little series from Filigranes Editions. Superbly edited, with numerous images that have rarely been seen before, this wonderful collection has sparse text in French only.


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Carry Me Home
Introductory essays by Anne Tucker and Pete Daniel

Smithsonian Institution Press
In 1990, the Smithsonian published a softbound monograph on a photographer born and raised in Louisiana by the name of Debbie Fleming Caffery. Her dark, haunting images of sugar cane workers nearly overpowered the book, creating a yearning by all who purchased it to see more. But no publications were forthcoming, and the book, Carry Me Home, became one of the most sought after out-of-print books on the market.

Debbie Fleming Caffery has photographed sugar cane workers in her native southern Louisiana since the early 1970s. Her images convey the sense of mystery and foreboding that surrounds the sugarcane culture. Figures rise out of smoke and fire, a disembodied pair of legs marches out of the mist, menacing looking machines loom over the sugar mill. The photos in the second and third sections of the book are softer and more tender. Caffery's subjects here are her friend Polly, photographed in the almost total darkness of her one-room cabin in the woods, and Caffery's three children at play. The portraits of Polly and the still lifes of her few possessions are remarkable in their simplicity and intensity. The photos of Caffery's children reflect her young subjects' imaginations and rejoice in their games. This striking collection of silver prints, reproduced in rich duotone, is both a documentation of a particular way of life likely to vanish soon and a testament to its enduring significance.

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