Updated May 2023
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Short Biography - Shelby Lee Adams
Connected to this site are 13 blogs that present different facets of his work, life and photography. Shelby's approach to photographing our humanity is presented, with personal writings and collected quotes by others. This is the only official site administered and updated by the photographer.
3 New ChromaLuxe Prints
ChromaLuxe is a high-definition sublimation photo process. The color brilliance, durability and archival permanence make images of incredible quality. They must be seen to be appreciated. Printed on aluminum plates.
"How I wish papaw was here to see this! His photo with Tanner (when he was a baby)! He would have the big head! May take a trip to Louisville this weekend [To see exhibit]! He sure loved Shelby taken his pics! We all just - just took Shelby in like our family!"
Facebook Folios with Writings:
Click on 62 images below for Black & White Folio
Click on 20 images for Color Work
Brother's Praying, 1993
62 images Black & White
20 Images Color Work
Official Facebook Page
Oma's Bible with Copper Spindles, '12
Additional new color work see, "Shelby's Color Work" Section.
Sherman Jacobs with grandson's, '12
Sherman above [center] and his family have also been in all four of my photo books made now spanning over 37 years. It was a pleasure to give out over 2 cases of "salt and truth," the summer of 2012, in person to my many friends and subjects.
Martha holding book with Kizzie, turned to their two photos published together, '12
Video of Scotty was made in 1993 in S-VHS format. The quality of video suffers here, but the culture and life style is apparent. Scotty lived to be over 100 years old. He lived and farmed his land in Barwick, Ky. He shares his music, views on religion and politics in video. He was and is still endeared and loved by many.
Vimeo Video Format- Scotty Stidham
Photography with the Slones, Summer 2008
My work has been an artist search for a deeper understanding of my heritage and myself, using photography as a medium and the Appalachian people as collaborators with their own desires to communicate. I hope, too, that viewers, will see in these photographs something of the abiding strength and resourcefulness and dignity of the mountain people.
We need an unprejudiced mind to see what-is; we cannot see what-is and respond to it if the mind is trying to change or suppress it. We resist what-is because we are afraid of the unknown, or because what-is contradicts what we have been conditioned to believe, or because it threatens us. The resulting fear prevents from us accepting what-is. Resistance to what-is may look like strength, but actually arises from fear, whereas it is powerful and freeing to accept what-is.
Surrender means allowing life to happen rather than opposing the flow of life, accepting the present moment without resistance. The necessary action will then arise, but when we act out of acceptance rather than resistance, we act without negativity or judgment. Action that arises out of acceptance is different from action that arises out of rage and hatred. Action that arises from a state of surrender is less contaminated with judgment and the need to hurt others. We simply do what needs to be done without labeling the situation as good or bad according to the ego’s criteria.