Fall Line Press, 2015. First edition. Clothbound hardcover with dust jacket, 230 x 230 mm, 64 pp. (two 32 pages booklets), 26 b/w illustrations. Photographs by Debbie Fleming Caffery. Text by Brett Abbott. Design by Laurie Shock.
Best Photography Books of 2015 by Elizabeth Avedon
This sumptuous case-bound edition features twenty-six black and white photographs, each corresponding with letters of the alphabet. Pulled from Debbie Fleming Caffery's deep archive, this book reimagines in an open and creative way that essential experience of every childhood - our ABCs. Caffery's Alphabet reaches heart and teaches minds how the alphabet can play with photographs.
"Debbie Fleming Caffery is considered one of the great contemporary photographers of the American South. Known for an exceptional and broad body of work, spanning haunting image of sugar cane harvesting in Louisiana to striking portraits and landscapes in Mexico and the Mississippi Delta, her picutres are collected by museums and art enthusiast around the world.The wonderful lyricism of her images evoke an open-ended sense of mystery that provides the perfect avenue through which to discove the possibilites of our surroundings and their creative relationship to the building blocks of language." — Brett Abbott, Keough Family Curator of Photography and Head of Collections, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.
Debbie Fleming Caffery is internationally renowned for her work in documentary photography and as a photography teacher. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her early work on Louisiana's sugar cane harvesting resulted in a book, Carry Me Home, published by Smithsonian Press and was the subject of a one-person show at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Her other books include Polly and The Shadows published by Twin Palms Press; and Collection L'Oiseau Rare, Filigranes Edtion, France.