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Mark J. Davis March 29, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

Rural Mississippi, 2009

Mark J. Davis (b. 1982, USA) studied documentary and fine-art photography at IDEP Escuela de la Imagen in Barcelona, Spain and in 2008 worked as an assistant to photographer Aaron Huey. His documentary work includes projects on rural Mississippi, street musicians, and the depletion of the world’s fishing stocks. His work has appeared in a number of international publications, including a recent piece in Vision Magazine (China). Mark is currently based in Seattle.

About the Photograph:

“I recently drove my van cross-country to rural Mississippi where I began work on a project entitled “Left Behind but Not Forgotten.” With over twenty percent  of its population living below the poverty line, Mississippi has the distinction of being the poorest state in America. What’s more it has been ranked last in overall health as well as overall academic achievement. The project, a work in progress, explores the symbolic connection between those left behind after the Great Migrations and Mississippi being left behind as a state. This particular image was taken inside of an old warehouse where locals gather for a shot, a smoke, a game and a dance.”

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