Down on the Farm
Juror: Paul Mobley
Juror's Choice: Antique Kenyan Beans and
Source material for “Down on the Farm” was endless: the backyard garden to the 1000-acre ranch, rice paddies to cotton fields, the chicken coop to the breeding barn, milking stand to dairy co-operative, sugar house to forest floor, road-side veggie stand to farmers' markets, agricultural auctions to agricultural fairs. Paying tribute to the men and women who work the land and raise the animals that nourish us all.
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Exhibit Opens:||19 July 11|
|Artists' Reception:||22 July 11 17:00|
|Exhibit Closes:||12 August 11|
|Down on the Farm|
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A look back: The Farm Security Administration was born in 1935 in the United States as a means to battle poverty in rural America. It was the documentary photographic work born of this era and via the goals of the FSA, that the first major bodies of work depicting agriculture and its social realities came into being. The majority of the work produced was by fifteen Photographers (a total of 44 photographers had been hired) including such greats as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Carl Mydans and Ben Shahn. Look to their images, as well as contemporary Ag-Documentarians for your inspiration (Paul Mobley is one practiced suggestion!).
I want to thank everyone for taking the time to enter their images. They're were SO many nice photographs. I chose the finals based on composition, lighting, drama, execution. But mostly.......emotion.A good photograph has to move you. It has to stop you in your tracks. It makes you wonder.............I think the final choices display all of the above qualities that make photography so wonderful. It helps us all see the world in a different and beautiful way.
Both of the juror's choice images were brilliant!
|Antique Kenyan beans and maize smallholder farmer|
|Building Storm in the Panhandle|
|Thai Woman Transplanting Rice|
|"Windmill and Storms"|
|"Waiting In Line"|
|The Girl and the Wheat|
|Nagle Farm, Sheep on 3,000 Year Old Suteren|
|Sheep Farm, Co. Mayo, Ireland|
|The Riehle Farm|
|Wind And Water|
|Horse Farm Dawn|
|Down in the Garden|
|Dusty Dusk |
|A Winter Stroll|
|Goslings First Walk|
|The Morning Gather|
|A Boy and his Dog|
|Best Lab on the Farm, Vt.|
|Barn Door Wind|
|Way to Market|
|Farm, Montrose, Colorado, 2011|
|Barbed Wire, 2006|
|Grazin in the grass|
|Oklahoma Ranch at High Noon|
|A Spring Orchard|
|Barn with Full Moon, Warwick NY|
|Down on the Farm|
Juror: Paul Mobley
“From the fishing villages of Alaska to the palaces of Croatia, Mobley has traveled the world over to capture and celebrate humanity in its infinite forms.” Paul Mobley’s portraits are rich with intimacy – close-up, straight, real, indicative of the souls behind the eyes.
Mobley began his photographic education at the Detroit Center for Creative Studies. He continued his training through apprenticeships in New York with such greats as Annie Leibovitz and Steve Steigman. He grew his photography into a successful commercial career working for a broad range of corporate, advertising, and editorial clients, including American Express, Sony, Citigroup, Ford, Compaq, Gourmet, Max Factor, Chevrolet, Microsoft, and many others.
Mobley visited over 200 farms and ranches across the United States to collect the over 150 portraits that appear in “American Farmer: Portraits from the Heartland” (2008 by Welcome books). Following the tradition of Richard Avedon’s watershed monograph and Mike Disfarmer’s Heber Sprints series, “American Farmer” is an epic monument to the spirit of rural life through the faces and words of those who sustain and nurture the land. Mobley’s dedication to the “American Farmer” project, allow him an experienced and practiced eye through which to jury “Down on the Farm.” For an additional dose of Paul Mobley's photographic life, check out his blog.