Friday, February 23, 2007



Assignment for Time Inc. Published April 16, 2012
Double page layout - Charles Murray, Author "Coming Apart."
Photo made in authors home - Burkittsville, Maryland

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Angaleena Presley, Musician, Assignment: Ten/Ten Productions
Nashville, Tenn. 2008
Photo made Lost Creek, Kentucky

Angaleena Presley, October 2008
at home in Beauty, Kentucky

Angaleena at, Gate Way To Heaven Church.

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Megan, Model, NYC, ICP, '08
Photo Workshop

Photo by Karen Davis - Made during Shelby's ICP Workshop,
Central Park, NYC 2008


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The New York Times, Week in Review, Cover photo.
"Vanessa," '07, Published April 27,'08



NY Times Cover Pittsburgh


Fortune Magazine


Fortune Magazine


Amnesty International


Discovery Magazine Gordon Grice


Texas Monthly Jasper, TX


Texas Monthly


Working Woman, Tori Murden


Working Woman magazine.


Olympic's - Content Magazine


GQ Rick Bragg


NY Magazine Florida


NY Magazine Florida


Texas Monthly Folk Artist


Olympic's


ESPN Layout


ESPN - Thunder Bay Hockey Family


Fast Co. - Stephen Ambrose


NY Magazine - Mayor Ironton ,West Virginia



Kid's Wear - Gloucester Location


Kid's Wear


Kid's Wear


Content's magazine Olympic's Cover


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Sunday Best

New York Times-Introduction-"Sunday Best" -April 1999


Gladys and Arnold holding magazine- Summer 1999


NY Times, Shade viewing Polaroids


NY Times-Layout page


NY Times-Mother & Baby


NY Times, making Polaroids in church.


NY Times-Rose


NY Times-Shade

“Sunday Best,” The New York Times Magazine, Easter Sunday 1999

This assignment was executed with the enthusiastic participation of its subjects, the Appalachian mountain people of Eastern Kentucky. Technically, this was a location fashion shoot working with designed clothing inspired by the photographer Disfarmer of Herber Springs, Arkansas who worked in the 1940’s – 60’s within his rural environment. The media has historically portrayed the mountain peoples of both areas as needy, poverty stricken and disadvantaged since the depression. As the photographer I saw this assignment as a way to portray my people in a new light. A non political venue that the subjects were interested. The clothing was an ideal representation of what mountain folks wear to church on Sunday’s still today. The people felt enjoyment, recognized and validated by this project as their was no association to poverty. These photographs and copies of the magazine itself today still grace the walls in the homes of many of the participants. One specifically, Shade Fugate now deceased had his photograph from this assignment placed in his coffin with other family photos when buried, an old Appalachian custom. This represents the highest honor for this photographer.

Shelby Lee Adams
October 2009


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