REVEAL: Cig Harvey, Andrea Modica, Debbie Fleming Caffery
a Yoffy Press Triptych
Reveal features Cig Harvey, Andrea Modica and Debbie Fleming Caffery.

It considers what the photograph exposes and what it keeps secret, what the viewer is meant to know and what the artist wants to hold close. The reveal is intentional or accidental, transformative or suggestive. And sometimes, the veil shifts just enough to give us a glimpse of something truly real, raw, and exceptional.

Released May 2020 (out-of-print)
Revelations: Recent Photography Acquisitions

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans

Revelations: Recent Photography Acquisitions features a selection of photographs made from the early 20th century to the present and added to the Ogden’s Museum of Southern Art’s permanent collection over the last decade.With over 70 photographs featured, Revelations represents a wide range of processes and techniques made by a diverse group of 39 photographers. Revelations celebrates regional identity in parallel with the South’s ongoing contributions to a global conversation on photography in the visual arts.

This exhibition is curated by Richard McCabe, Ogden Museum Curator of Photography.

Our Earthly Figures (Part 2)

Foley Gallery, New York
Exhibition on View: Feb. 12 – March 15, 2020

Our Earthly Figures takes another direction from Looking Back (Part I). It is a look forward with 15 female artists from around the world, whose subject is narrowed into their interpretation of the female body. With each artist, comes a different narrative, experience, and cultural background that represents their practice and aesthetic.

30 Years of Women

Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Exhibition on View: Feb. 7– April 11, 2020

30 Years of Women, curated by gallery founder Jane Jackson and current owner Anna Walker Skillman, draws from Jackson Fine Art’s thirty-year history of showing the most distinguished voices in 20th and 21st century photography. Jackson and Skillman have selected works illustrative of the gallery’s evolving vision and the strong relationships that have defined Jackson Fine Art through the years.

In the viewing room, Skillman looks forward with a selection of photographs from some of the most important artists of our contemporary moment.

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The Stories they Tell: A Hundred Years of Photography

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Exhibition on View: Oct. 19 – Feb 18, 2020

The Stories They Tell: A Hundred Years of Photography draws from MOPA’s collection of almost 9000 photographs representing approximately 850 photographers. While the collection covers the entire span of photography and more, from the pre-history to contemporary work, this exhibition looks at 100 years of the medium from the 1920s to today.

MOPA believes that sharing the work and the stories that each provide is a vital part of the nature of collecting. By seeing the art and not just storing it, learning about the maker along with their influences and motivations, a deeper understanding will be experienced. It was Aristotle who wrote, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” At the heart of MOPA is making learning visual and sharing the power of photography in all of its facets.

American Scholar Magazine
Winter 2019 Issue

In 2016, Atlanta's High Museum commissioned me for its ongoing Picturing the South series, allowing me to return to areas in rural Mississippi and Louisiana that I had photographed on and off since the late 80's.

I am so happy the image Charlie Horse (left) was chosen for the magazine. 

My Children's Book – Alphabet

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When Patty Lemke, Lenscratch managing Editor was asked.. "What photographer inspired you this year?" She answered, "I was inspired by [Debbie Fleming Caffery's] ALPHABET book—the images are mysterious, treating with equal measure the spiritual presence of both humans and animals."

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Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
Living Katrina: Ten Years Later

On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we asked seven journalists, a news executive and a clinician from the Gulf Coast to reflect on their experiences and what they’ve learned in the decade since. Scroll down for excerpts, and click to the right for full pieces from Eve Troeh, Clarence Williams, Stan Tiner, Debbie Fleming Caffery, John Pope, Joy Osofsky, June Cross, Russell Lewis and Mark Schleifstein.

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Octavia Gallery - New Orleans

Southern Work
April 11-May 23

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present our first solo exhibition with Louisiana-based artist Debbie Fleming Caffery. Southern Work will bring together two distinct series that have been pivotal subjects for Caffery throughout her career, along with a recent project inspired by her grandchildren.

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Hot off the Press — My Son Joshua Caffery's Books

In the Creole Twilight
Poems and Songs from Louisiana Folklore
Illustrations by Claire Oliver Caffery
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Traditional Music in Costal Louisiana
Joshua Clegg Caffery
Forward by Barry Jean Ancelet
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Joshua Caffery is a writer and musician.

He is a founding member of The Red Stick Ramblers and a longtime member of the Louisiana French band Feu Feufollet. Caffery was nominated for his work on the Feufollet album EnCouleurs.

He is currently the Alan Lomax Fellow at the Folklife Studies Department in the John W. Kluge Center of The Library of Congress.

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Allons Boire un Coup
A Collection of Cajun and Creole Drinking Songs

Produced by Joshua Clegg Caffery
The stereotype is an old one: people in Southwest Louisiana like to party. People come from all over the country, from all over the world even, to party in places like Eunice, Mamou and Lafayette. Anyone wholives in these places can confirm this. People in Southern Louisiana like to drink, and they do so often.

The stereotype falls short, however, by offering a limited version of how Cajuns and Creoles drink and how they talk and sing about drinking. People in every part of the world drink, but people in SouthernLouisiana don’t just drink, they create powerful artistic expressions about drinking, songs and stories that place drinking within the currents of a vital, dynamic culture, visions of the bottle weaving in with the pain of lost love, the turning cycles of death and rebirth and the rituals of celebration and mourning that order and nurture our spiritual and social lives.

Yes, Cajun and Creole musicians do get drunk. In fact, as I write this, there is a drunk Cajun sitting right next to me, playing the accordion. This is not the point, however. In the songs
collected on this album, we can see that Cajuns and Creoles do far more that just get wasted. In these songs, drunk people dream. They waltz. They get their guns and go out in the middle of the night and kill raccoons. When their bottles are empty, they stomp their feet and play furious, driving dirges on the fiddle. People all over the world get drunk on Saturday night and have hangovers on Sunday, but Cajuns drink a glass of lemonade and then write a song about it.

It’s not particularly interesting or important that people in Southern Louisiana like to drink. Of utter importance, however, are the wild and sometimes strange things they do when they drink and party together, and the soulful, brilliant way they transform these activities into song. We hope this album is a good example of both.

- Producer Joshua Clegg Caffery
To purchase: www:ValcourRecords.com
After the Snake Bite Image used for Nightwoods

Debbie's image After the Snakebite, from the series of the same name, was used by Charles Frazier at Random House Publishing for the deluxe hardcover edition of  Frazier's novel Nightwoods.

Charles Frazier, the acclaimed author of Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons, returns with a dazzling novel set in small-town North Carolina in the early 1960s.

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"I, You, We"

Whitney Museum 
New York
April 25-September 1, 2013
I, You, We: three very commonplace words.  These pronouns-with all their implied complexities of meaning-provide an unexpected guide for assessing the works of art from the 1980's and early 1990's in the Museum's collection.  What becomes apparent in this survey of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs is how the personal, social, and collective issues and concerns of artist of the time are still relevanct several decades later.
I,YOU,WE is organized by David Kiehl, Curator Prints

SECAC Conference, Keynote Speaker
Durham, North Carolina
Thursday October 18
Carolina Theater 8 PM

Pictures by Women:
A History of Modern Photography, covers photography's 170 year history
May 7- April 18, 2011 
At the Beach, Debbie Fleming Caffery

Museum of Modern Art, New York 
I am so happy to have one of my images included in this exhibit

Debbie's image Selma was used to illustrate an article written by Robert Bolaño.