We are pleased to announce that photographer Jeremiah Wilson will present his work on rural communities during the conference.
Here’s how Jeremiah describes his background and approach to photography:
“I grew up in rural Indiana, skateboarding in the parking lots of local grocery stores and public buildings, fleeing cops and adventuring through the local terrain. I found photography, studied Art History and Photography in college, and then moved to NYC in 2006 to work in the fashion photography industry. I have shot fashion and commercial work for Amazon, Hugo Boss, Nike and NY&Co, among many others, but it was my two-year move to Brazilian countryside in 2011—the inspiration I derived from Brazilian agriculture—that helped me to fall in love with the United States from a new vantage point, infusing me with a desire to document the everydayness of America as it dealt with deindustrialization and a multiplicity of wars. As I returned to my childhood home over the years, I was especially struck by the effects of Capitalism leaving rural America. The bustling parking lots I once skateboarded, death rattles of Capitalism, harbingers of our shared future. In the tradition of twentieth-century U.S. photography—Robert Frank, Stephan Shore and William Eggleston—I wander through rural America, attempting to shoot with my Leica, quietly and freely.”