Deadbeat Club, 2023. First edition. Softcover, Swiss Bound, 70 pp., b/w illustrated, 241 x 279 mm. Photographs by Anne Rearick.
Over her long and much-lauded career, Anne Rearick has made photographs in such far-flung places as Kazakhstan, South Africa, and the French Basque country. But in the summer of 1989, before all the grants and awards (including a Guggenheim in 2003), she was a grad school student who had never made pictures away from home. That changed when she was connected to the Riddle family of Perry County in Eastern Kentucky.
You Will Look To The Mountains, Rearick’s first monograph with Deadbeat Club, is the long-awaited result of her visits to Appalachia as a young and impressionable photographer more than 30 years ago. On the book’s cover, a likewise young and wide-eyed Amy Riddle peers out from behind a bouquet of flowers, as if greeting us with equal parts charm and curiosity. As soon as she met the Riddles, Rearick was readily welcomed into their day-to-day family life. From hog killing to hair braiding, a family graveyard and children playing, Rearick captured candid moments of unaffected revelry, fellowship and tradition. These images, however, are resolutely straightforward, never sentimentalized. In that sense, we see the emerging artist laying the foundation for the humanist vision that has animated her highly-regarded practice ever since.
Anne Rearick's vision is documentary in nature, but also uniquely personal. Rearick works slowly, often photographing over the course of years and in the process deepens her relationship to people and place.
Rearick received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1990. She has been the recipient of several awards and grants, most notably a Guggenheim fellowship to photograph the culture of amateur boxing; the European Mosaique prize to explore rural communities of Italy and Scotland; the Prix Roger Pic from SCAM for her work in townships in post-apartheid South Africa; a Fulbright fellowship to the Basque Country of France; two New England Foundation for the Arts/Mass Cultural Council grants; and most recently, a Parkhill Foundation Grant to study Chilean Cinema.
Five monographs of Rearick’s photographs have been published to date: You Will Look to the Mountains - 2023; True West - 2019; Sète 17 - 2017; Township - 2016; and Miresicoletea sur le Pays Basque - 2003
Public Collections include the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Centre Nationale de L’Audiovisuel in Luxembourg, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Anne Rearick has been a member of Agence VU since 1993 and is represented by Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière in Paris.