Thursday, October 15, 2009
Melody Golding’s photographs collected by Smithsonian
For the first time since 1910, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History Archive Center is acquiring work about Mississippi, by a Mississippian.
Acclaimed Vicksburg-based photographer Melody Golding’s collection Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember will be added to the Smithsonian’s Archives Center collection this September.
This body of work is also the Smithsonian’s sole acquisition documenting Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi.
In June 2006, Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember became the first exhibit about Hurricane Katrinia displayed on the Gulf Coast.
Golding traveled to Washington, D.C. on June 18, to present in person the initial installment of Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember. The first installment included 71 of the 92 sepia toned silver gelatin prints from her traveling exhibition, along with her file of comments left by exhibit visitors – first-hand testimonials of the emotional impact the photographs have on those who view them.
On August 16, Smithsonian archivist Craig Orr journeyed to Vicksburg to obtain the sixteen large prints for the museum’s collection of Golding’s photographs.
Golding’s photographs, interviews, and research are also compiled in a book, published by the University Press of Mississippi, also entitled Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember. Her work on this project has been supported in part by the Mississippi Humanities Council. All proceeds from the sales of the book go directly back to the Coast’s ongoing recovery.
Golding continues to capture Mississippi through her lenses. She has several upcoming exhibitions, and in 2010 the University Press will publish another collection of her photographs and essays.
She is the daughter of Lois Swaney Shipp of Holly Springs.
For more information about the artist’s work, visit www.melodygolding.com.
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