Blue Alabama by Andrew Moore

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On October 6, 2019 at 2pm

the Marengo County Historical Society will be featuring the new  works of renowned photographer Andrew Moore, "Blue Alabama". Andrew will be discussing his new book and signing copies. In his latest project, he focuses on Alabama―a region with a complex  relationship to the past. Spending four years in lower Alabama, Moore  searched for what he called “that ‘deep history’ which resides in the  humblest of settings.” And Alabama’s Black Belt―named for its fertile  soil and deeply associated with the region’s African American  culture―has that history. 

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Andrew Moore

 is a contemporary American photographer known for his large-format color images of derelict structures in Detroit, Cuba, and Russia. “I have to admit that one of the aspects of  being a photographer I enjoy most is the opportunity to play both  detective and spy,” he has explained. Born Andrew Lambdin Moore on March  26, 1957 in Old Greenwich, CT, Moore’s parents nurtured his interest in photography from the time he was a child. He went on to study at  Princeton University. After finishing school in 1979, Moore moved to New Orleans, where he  focused his camera on the disappearing industries of the city, such as broom factories and coffin carpentry shops. Returning to New York in 1981, the artist made a series of photographs capturing areas of the city undergoing demolition and urban development. Occasionally making forays into directing, he went on to produce the acclaimed film How to Draw Bunny:   Moore currently lives and works in New York, NY. Today, the artist’s  photographs are held in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum in  Los Angeles, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the  Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, among others. 

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Moore’s photographs of the Black Belt

honor its complicated histories but depart from them, avoiding  stereotypes and finding the hope, resilience and creativity that animate  this place. With the photographer acting “as a listener at history’s  doorstep,” Blue Alabama offers a tender, surprising portrait of  the South―a region marked by economic, social and cultural divisions,  but also a love of history, tradition and land. The book includes a  previously unpublished story by award-winning American novelist Madison  Smartt Bell. 

So make your plans to join us on Oct. 6, for what will surely be a great presentation.