Shane Lavalette was commissioned by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta to create a new series of photographs for their 2012 exhibition, “Picturing the South.” Lavalette’s monograph, One Sun, One Shadow, is an extension of this body of work. Native to the Northeast, it was primarily through traditional music — the sounds of old time, blues, and gospel — that Lavalette had formed a relationship with the South. With that in mind, the region’s rich musical history became the natural entry point for this project and the resulting photographs. One Sun, One Shadow includes a text by artist and poet Tim Davis.
Shane Lavalette is an American photographer, an independent publisher and editor, and the director of Light Work. He holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Lavalette’s photographs have been exhibited widely, including at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Aperture Foundation, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, the Recontres d’Arles, and the Musée de l’Elysée; and are additionally contained within numerous private and public collections. In 2016, Lavalette published his first monograph, One Sun, One Shadow, and a solo exhibition of the same title was held at Robert Morat Galerie in Hamburg, Germany. Lavalette’s projects have been featured by the New York Times, TIME, NPR, CNN, the Telegraph, Foam Magazine, and Hotshoe, among others; and his editorial work has accompanied stories in various publications, including the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wire, Wallpaper*, Monocle, and the Guardian.
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