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Delta Dream Express
Photographs by D. L. Anderson

Previous Exhibition
On display October 19 - November 13, 2007

What is 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.

Derek Lee 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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