“Southern Fiction” by Photographer Tema Stauffer

In her upcoming photobook, “Southern Fiction” (Daylight Books, Fall 2022), Asheville, North Carolina-based photographer Tema Stauffer explores the history of the American South using its literary tradition as a road map. Made over the course of many road trips taken between 2018 and 2021, Stauffer’s large-format photographs focus on environments which have shaped the imaginations of 20th-century Southern writers during their formative years or throughout the course of their lives and careers. “By examining the roots of its greatest writers, the series investigates the richness and complexity of the South through the evocative settings that defined their experiences and voices,” Stuaffer writes. 

“Southern Fiction” is currently available for pre-order here. See more from the project below!

Red Clay Road, Perdue Hill, Alabama, 2019
William Faulkner’s Kitchen Curtains, Rowan Oak, Oxford, Mississippi, 2018
Eudora Welty's Armchair, Jackson, Mississippi, 2020
Car in Woods, William Faulkner Memorial Highway, Mississippi, 2018
Gas Station Pumps, Gosport, Alabama, 2019
Wards Chapel A.M.E. Church where Alice Walker was Baptized, Eatonton, Georgia, 2020
Eudora Welty's Bedroom, Jackson, Mississippi, 2020
Cooper’s Gro, Powelton, Georgia, 2020
Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers’ Bedroom, Jackson, Mississippi, 2020

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