Delta Dream Express
Photographs by D. L. Anderson
display October 19 - November 13, 2007
progress and what does it mean for the Mississippi Delta? Delta
Dream Express, more than 20 color photographs by
D. L. Anderson, addresses these questions through the stories
of individuals and their lives in the Delta. From bedroom rehearsals
to back road jukes. Hip-hop hopefuls and bygone blues makers.
Fields of white gold to a mighty casino boom. Country churches
with plenty of room, broken pianos and one talented tuner. Strong
women. Hard times. Babies raising babies. Returning to your roots.
Tourism. Poverty. Progress. Abandonment. Anderson's photographic
journey passes through the struggles and fantasies, hardships
and dreams of the Mississippi Delta today. Delta Dream
Express strives to examine the modern-day cultural
landscape in a colorful, unique and fertile American region with
a difficult past and uncertain future.
Anderson is a freelance photojournalist based in Durham, NC, where
he works on staff for the Independent Weekly. He began his career
photographing used cars at a small-time dealership in rural Illinois
before earning a degree in photography at Southern Illinois University
Carbondale. While attending SIUC, Anderson cut his teeth working
for the student-run newspaper and multiple internships with daily
newspapers in the region. His efforts were recognized by the Illinois
Press Photographer’s Association, which awarded Anderson
the accolade Student Photographer of the Year for three consecutive
years. Along with being a regular contributor to The New York
Times, his photographs have appeared in Time, XXL and Fast Co.
magazines. In 2006, Anderson worked on a long-term assignment
for the Associated Press about the state of blues music in the
Mississippi Delta in the age of the iPod. Anderson returned to
the Delta in 2007 to participate in the American Diversity Project.
We have many signed limeted edition prints from Delta Dream Express available for purchase or viewing. Please inquire about pricing and delivery.
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