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distorted view of hands against graffit circle with distorted face

September 27 – December 12, 2016

This retrospective exhibition spans over 40 years of image making and leads us through many incarnations of thought and process by one of the most influential and important photographic artists of the 21st century; from his early documentary images of South African mining towns, to the highly stylized, personal and psychologically charged projects that he is working on today. Roger Ballen has exhibited throughout the world, is widely published and is represented in many museum collections such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Tate Modern, London, UK, Museum Folkswang, Essen, Germany and the Museum of Modern Art, New York...MORE.

Image: Mimicry, 2005, from the Boarding House Series by Roger Ballen.

GETTING THE WATER RIGHT: The culture and politics of water in the Everglades
Adam Nadel

Image of a field of grass with a line of water running through it.

October 26 - February 4

“Getting the Water Right” is the motto and goal of Everglades restoration. The development of South Florida’s coastal communities and agriculture has reduced the Everglades in size by half. Now, the ecosystem is at risk, threatening the region’s water supply, scientifically - and internationally - recognized subtropical wetlands, and the water rights and ways of life of indigenous and nonindigenous peoples. Adam Nadel’s images are presented alongside scholarship by Jessica Cattelino to offer insight into how the world’s costliest ecosystems restoration initiative is as much a social and cultural project as a scientific one...MORE.

North and South:Berenice Abbott's U.S. Route 1


October 26 - February 4

During the summer of 1954, photographer Berenice Abbott set off with two companions to tour the expanse of Route 1. The group left from New York City and drove south to Key West, Florida. There, they turned around, retracing their route until they reached the last northerly point; Fort Kent, Maine. During this excursion, Abbott took more than 2,400 negatives. She devoted the next two years to developing prints and a prospectus illustrating the historical importance of the project. Her goal was to capture the character of the time in the ever transient face of America. This exhibition is organized and circulated by the Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, New York.


Raymond Smith: In Time We Will Know Ourselves


January 20 - April 15

“In Time We Shall Know Ourselves is saturated with a cultural and personal self-consciousness, that which is unique to Ray Smith’s particular historical moment. Its title also evokes one of the few passages in the Christian Bible that raises crucial philosophical, as opposed to religious, issues. Smith’s recognition that his photographs are concerned with acknowledgment, with personal identity and communal belonging, and with loneliness and solidarity, imparts to [this series] an intelligence and complexity that lifts it above the merely interesting to the often profound.” From Richard H. King


Elaine Ling: Travels


November 29 - February 4

In 2002, Elaine Ling was one of five internationally recognized Master Artists-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. During those few weeks Ling completed a black and white large-format photography project using Florida landscapes, abandoned and derelict buildings and evacuated houses. In the series we are confronted with sullen and poignant images of decay, destruction and waste co-existing within a larger portrait of a landscape that is twisted, contorted and bristling with regenerative energy and life.

On exhibit at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach


Music in Pictures: Jeff Roach, Jenn Ross


November 16 – June 2, 2017

Music in Pictures is a visual record depicting the dramatic world of live music, entertainment and performance. Presented in conjunction with the Mike Curb College of Music, Entertainment and Art, the bi-yearly Student Showcase aims to demonstrate the artistry and talent of the students attending the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies. The Student Showcase is an exciting opportunity for students who wish to explore their creativity and present thematic work in a gallery setting..MORE.



Now on View

North and South: Berenice Abbott's US Route I

Spring Film Series
Pioneers of African American Cinema
January 6
5-7 pm

Elaine Ling: Travels

On View at the Atlantic Center for the Arts


SMP is a vibrant museum with an impressive international reputation of leadership for photography exhibitions, publications and educational programming. The museum serves international and national audiences for photography and art as well as all local and regional audiences, universities, colleges and schools. The museum opened in 1992 and is one of 13 facilities in the US dedicated exclusively to photography, and one of only a handful of such institutions nationally, that share a scope, reach and depth of collection and activities in this specific field. As an independent academic and public-service unit of Daytona State College, it is Florida's most comprehensive museum of photography and the largest in the southeast. SMP enjoys strong relations with other national and international photographic institutions and has hosted significant exhibitions of world-class photojournalism, fashion and advertising images, contemporary photographic...MORE


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Exhibitions and programs at the Southeast Museum of Photography are supported in part by Daytona State College, Volusia ECHO and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on the Arts.

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