Roger May is an Appalachian American photographer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was born in the Tug River Valley, located on the West Virginia and Kentucky state line, in the heart of Hatfield and McCoy country. His photographs, essays, and interviews have been published by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, National Geographic, The Oxford American, Le Monde diplomatique, The Bitter Southerner, Appalachian Heritage, and others. In February 2014, he started the crowdsourced Looking at Appalachia project. May speaks about his work, about the visual representation of Appalachia, and photographs on commission. He blogs at Walk your camera.
Looking at Appalachia seeks to take a new look at Appalachia 50 plus years after Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. Images in the press from Johnson's Poverty Tour of Appalachia came to define the region for many years. Looking at Appalachia is intended to create a visual counterpoint to these iconic images of poverty while celebrating the diversity of the region. The national press has written positively about the project, including articles in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and National Geographic.
This exhibit will run from May 23, 2016 through June 30, 2017