Debbie Fleming Caffery

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Debbie Fleming Caffery is a black and white photographer and Guggenheim fellow whose quiet documentary images bring an ethereal beauty to the world around her. Her subjects range from Mexican prostitutes to victims of Hurricane Katrina, and fill four books: Carry Me Home, The Shadows, Polly, and The Spirit of the Flesh.
Cafferey grew up in Southern Louisiana and received a Bachelor’s Degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. For her 1990 book, Carry Me Home, the artists returned to Louisiana to photograph landscapes and people from her childhood. She continues to photograph communities in rural Louisiana, and has also photographed subjects in Portugal, Northeast Mexico, and Baton Rouge, when she was hired by People Magazine to photograph survivors of Hurricane Katrina. She says, “My search in photography has been a process of refining my response to the mystery of life.”
Caffery’s work is featured in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, MoMA, and the Smithsonian Institute among others. In addition to the Guggenheim fellowship, she was also awarded the Governor of Louisiana Art Award in 1989.

Artwork


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> X, Baton Rouge River Shelter, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> We’R Alive, Chalmette, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Jesus at Devastated Holy Beach, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Robert, Baton Rouge River Shelter, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Infant Jesus of Prague, Plaquemines Parish, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> I Have a Dream, St. Roch, New Orleans, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Imagine Hell, St. Roch, New Orleans, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Flooded Farmland, Forked Island, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> God Be with You, New Orleans, 9th Ward, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Gator Guard, Cameron Parish after Rita, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Evacuee Sleeping on Bus Ride to an Alexander, LA Shelter after the Storm, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Evacuee from New Orleans, Baton Rouge River Shelter, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Dorothy Holloman-He Called My Name, 9th Ward, New Orleans, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Damaged Angel, Bay St. Louis, MISS, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> 9th Ward, New Orleans, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> 7 Days of Hell, Baton Rouge River Shelter, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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