Thursday, October 26, 2005
Melody Golding publishes book
Melody Golding, photographer, has signed with The University Press of Mississippi to publish “Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember.”
The book will feature approximately 70 photographs taken in the weeks and year following the landfall of the devastating hurricane. Also included in the book will be stories by women who were victims of this tragedy and essays by noted authors Ellen Gilchrist and Mary Anderson Pickard.
The book is scheduled for release in May, 2007. It will be sold at major books stores and will become a testament to the lives of the women whose stories are featured.
“These images tell such a dramatic story that I feel the people in our state should see them and know what happened on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Every faction of society is represented in my work - men, women, old, and young; African American, Asian American, Hispanic and Caucasian and the devastation which is documented from state line to state line.” Golding said.
An exhibit of the work entitled ‘Stark Exposures: Images of Katrina’ was first presented at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, from June 1 through August 13. This was the first “Katrina” exhibit on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. WAMA reported an excellent response during the two months the exhibit hung in the Jo Love Little Gallery of the museum.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C is planning an exhibit of Golding’s work in the spring of 2007.
Golding also presented at the Vicksburg Art Association on September 12.
She has spoken to the public about the impact of this storm on the lives of the people of the coast and future plans to share this work with others in a traveling exhibit.
Selections of the exhibit are displayed in the rotunda of the Mississippi State Capitol during the week of October 23. The display will include quotes from the women who survived the storm.
Melody Golding is an acclaimed photographer of complex architectural wonders and the natural environment. She has photographed on four continents and is collected in national and international museums and by individual collectors. She is a member of the Mississippi State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and is affiliated with several leading photographic associations in the United States and Europe.
The Royal Photographic Society, London of which Melody is a member, published a three page feature of her images of Katrina in the October 2005 Awards Journal which is distributed throughout the world.
She left Vicksburg for the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a volunteer for the American Red Cross within days of the landfall of the catastrophic hurricane to carry vital supplies for survivors of the storm. She packed her cameras for the trip. While crisscrossing the disaster area distributing supplies, she spoke with people she met along the way. Her photographic journal and memories of the widespread devastation are stunning in their powerful simplicity.
Melody is a eighth-generation Mississippian who felt an urgency to support the people of her home state. She has captured thousands of images and video oral histories of this epic disaster. Her photographic skills are particularly well suited to record this event. She recognized the indomitable spirit, strength and courage of the people and wanted to make a difference.
All profits will directly benefit the MSC/NMWA Artists Relief Fund.
Melody is the daughter of Lois Swanee of Holly Springs. She is married to Steve Golding. They live in Vicksburg and have two children, Austin, a student at Mississippi State University on an athletic scholarship and John Reed, who is on the golf team at his high school.
Melody was born and reared in Holly Springs. She grew up in Grey Gables, attended Marshall Academy and is a graduate of Ole Miss.
“She has always been an artist,” her mother Lois said. “She has a wonderful artistic flair.”
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