Shelby Lee Adams Talk at DAM May 1

Shelby Lee Adams Talk at DAM May 1

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We are no longer taking online bookings for this event. Call 303-837-1341 to reserve by phone before 5 pm May 1.

Some walk up tickets may be available.


May 1, 2014 7-9 pm.
Location: Denver Art Museum (North Building) Lower Level Lecture Room, 14th Avenue between the Denver Public Library and Bannock Street. General admission. Seating is limited – only 10 comfy seats remain as of 4/29!
Cost: $15/$12 CPAC & DAM Members, &  Students with ID
♦Free for Registered students of Environmental Portraiture with Shelby Lee Adams

*Copies of Salt & Truth will be available for purchase the evening of the talk.
Enter via the stairway marked “Adventures in Art Center.”  Look for the orange gate and CPAC signs at the entrance. This event is located in the North (older) museum building, not the Hamilton (Daniel Libeskind) building. It takes place after regular museum hours – there is no direct access from the Hamilton Building.

The DAM parking garage is located on 12th Street just west of Broadway.


Shelby will discuss his latest book Salt & Truth* as well as his approach and career as a portrait photographer.

Salt & Truth
is the fourth book from American photographer Shelby Lee Adams (1950-present). A collection of 80 new photographs, taken over the past eight years and which continue a project the artist has been working on now for over 30 years. Together these powerful images of the hollow dwellers of eastern Kentucky, represent a singular access to a world that is historically not very trusting of outsiders, by a photographer who is widely recognized as a master of the medium.

Since the release of his last book, Appalachian Lives (2003), Adams has continued to add to his extraordinary body of work. Born in Hazard, Kentucky and raised in a hollow similar to those in the book, Adams’ connection to the people in his photographs is evident in the way that he has been openly welcomed into their homes and lives. Adams, along with his 4×5 view camera, is allowed into the personal space of his subjects, a witness in times of celebration as well as times of hardship. The photographs in this collection are of children and animals, of older folks, of working people, and the various details as seen through Adams camera, speak eloquently to the larger issues of faith and respect and compassion when many others might have seen only poverty and desperation. Adams knows what it means to be from this place, of this place.

Shelby Lee Adams — Salt & Truth  A conversation with Catherine Edelman


Shelby Lee Adams was born in Hazard, Kentucky, in 1950 and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Massachusetts College of Art. He is the author of four photography books, Appalachian Portraits (1993), Appalachian Legacy (1998), Appalachian Lives (2003), and Salt & Truth (2011). In 2010, Adams was awarded a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. His work has also been supported by the NEA, the Polaroid Corporation, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, and the Peter S. Reed Foundation. His photography is in over 60 national and international collections, including the Musee De L’Elysee Lausanne, the National Gallery of Canada, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Amon Carter Museum, among others. His work has been published by many academic, fine art and commercial publications, including, Aperture, Smithsonian Magazine, Phaidon, The New York Times, Mother Jones, and Black and White Magazine. He divides his time between his home in the Berkshire Mountains and Eastern Kentucky.

Visit Shelby’s website