Monday, June 9, 2014

Maude Clay on Tour

For the past fifteen years, Maude Schuyler Clay has been driving the back roads photographing her native Delta. In the darkroom of her hundred-year-old family homestead in Sumner, she has developed hundreds of images of eroding architecture, misty bayous, small stands of woods, and endless rows of crops. And dogss


This has led to the creation of Delta Dogs is new collection of photographs that captures the simple, desolate beauty of the Mississippi Delta. Author William Ferris says Clay’s photos offer “a unique, powerful window on the Delta landscape and the presence of dogs on it.”

Maude has spotted and captured the elemental spirit of dogs eking out existences from this majestic landscape. In her iconic book Delta Land, Clay introduced the “Dog in the Fog,” the muscular lab standing watch in the mist and trees of Cassidy Bayou. This photo became widely recognized, and Clay wanted to further explore the relationship between the land and the numerous dogs populating its fields, bayous, and abandoned spaces.

Featuring 70 duotone photographs, Delta Dogs celebrates the canines who roam this most storied corner of Mississippi. Some of Clay’s photographs feature lone dogs dwarfed by kudzu-choked trees and hidden among the brambles adjacent to plowed fields. In others, dogs travel in amiable packs, trotting toward a shared but mysterious adventure. Her Delta dogs are by turns soulful, eager, wary, resigned, menacing, contented.

Writers Brad Watson and Beth Ann Fennelly provide essays that ponder Clay’s dogs and their connections to the Delta, speculating about their role in the drama of everyday life and about their relationships to the humans who share this landscape with them.

In a photographer’s afterword, Clay writes about discovering the beauty of her native land from within. She finds that the ubiquitous presence of the Delta dog gives scale, life, and
 sometimes even whimsy and intent to her Mississippi landscape.

Maude will be signing her new book at the following times and locations:

Wednesday, June 11, 5 p.m. at Turnrow Books

Thursday, June 12, 5 p.m. at Square Books

Saturday, June 14, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at Lemuria Books

Thursday, June 19, 6:00 p.m at Miss Del’s

Saturday, June 28, 2 - 4 p.m. at Lorelei Books

Tuesday, July 1, 4 - 6 p.m. at Pass Christian Books

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