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Blue Alabama focuses on the American South, depicting the economic, social and cultural divisions that characterize the South and the love of history, tradition and land that binds its citizens. Following upon in-depth explorations of the economically ravaged city of Detroit (2007 – 2009) and the mythic high plains region along the 100th Meridian (2011 – 2014), Blue Alabama continues the artist’s investigation of “the inner empire” of the United States.
A tender, surprising portrait of the South
Spending four years in lower Alabama, Moore searched for what he called “that ‘deep history’ which resides in the humblest of settings.” And Alabama’s Black Belt―named for its fertile soil and deeply associated with the region’s African American culture―has that history. Before the Civil War, the region was the nation’s highest producer of cotton. Afterward, it was the site of some of the Jim Crow era’s most vicious violence and some of the Civil Rights Movement’s key battles.
Moore’s photographs of the Black Belt honor its complicated histories but depart from them, avoiding stereotypes and finding the hope, resilience and creativity that animate this place. With the photographer acting “as a listener at history’s doorstep,” Blue Alabama offers a tender, surprising portrait of the South―a region marked by economic, social and cultural divisions, but also a love of history, tradition and land.