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The Mississippi Delta

September 13 December 13, 2013
Exhibition Opening Reception: Friday, September 13, 6:00-8:00pm
Artist's Talk, Book Signing and Reception: Friday, September 27, 6:00-8:00pm

4th Street and Issaquena, Clarksdale, MS, 2010
  “My photographs describe brief moments of human existence, carried by the rhythm of a setting. They convey what is at once simple and vast, passing and constant, ordinary and intangible.” Magdalena Solé


Magdalena Solé’s Mississippi Delta is a photographic exploration of the Delta communities in the Deep South, evoking visions of sharecroppers, plantations and the sound of the Blues. The area has a small wealthy gentry and a large impoverished underclass. What is little known outside the Delta is the warmth, resilience, community and family cohesiveness of its people. In 2012, Solé’s in-depth study of the region was published as "New Delta Rising" (The Dreyfus Health Foundation and University Press of Mississippi).

“Ms. Solé’s lushly colorful and formally striking images are restless. The people of Clarksdale are lively and in motion, contrasting sharply with their crumbling surroundings. The colors Ms. Solé finds everywhere in Clarksdale—the bright green walls of the Wangz ‘N’ Thangz Restaurant, the deep blue backgrounds of Messenger’s Pool Hall, the red spotlight on the stage at Red’s Lounge—are visual metaphors for the culture and history that remain vivid even beneath the cracking surface. Like Clarksdale’s soundtrack, they electrify.” -A review of the book in The Wall Street Journal (February 11, 2012)

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Dancing Girl, Greenwood, MS, 2010


“I first visited the Delta in 2009, and, in a sense, I have never left. Or more precisely, the Delta has never left me. Such is the magical spell cast by the place and the people who live in that slender stretch of fertile flat land in northwestern Mississippi. It is a place where lives are shaped by a close attachment to the land, by the unhurried rhythms of the season, and by the shared memories of a tortured past. There is something about the Delta people that goes to the very heart of what it means to be human. Perhaps nowhere else in America do such extremes in ways of life and emotional history exist so intimately
.” –from Magdalena Solé's book, "New Delta Rising".


Magdalena Solé is an award-winning social documentary photographer. The tonality in her images maps the experience of her work. She is known for her sensitive expressions of culture through distinctive color artistry; visual language has been her life’s work. Whether richly saturated or time worn, Solé uses color to encapsulate a range of feelings.

In 1989, she founded TransImage, a graphic design studio in New York City. In 2002, she graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in Film from Columbia University. Her last film, “Man On Wire”, on which she was the Unit Production Manager, won an Oscar in 2009.

Her projects span the globe. Her current work includes: “Kamagasaki” — a photo documentary on the shunned elderly day laborers of Japan, "Japan — After the Water Receded”, an exploration of the aftermath of the great 2011 Tohoku disaster and “Cuba — At a Crossroad”, a photographic journey of a country on the brink of change.

Most recently her photographs of the Mississippi Delta have been selected as a PDN Photo Annual 2011 finalist. Her book “New Delta Rising”, published by the University Press of Mississippi, was released in February 2012. It has won the Silver Award in 2011 at PX3 Prix de la Photographie, France. She is also winner of the Silver Prize 2011 at Slow Exposures, Concord, GA. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States with recent exhibitions at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, the Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Sous Les Étoiles, and the Leica Gallery in New York City; the WilJax Gallery in Cleveland, MS, The Delta at Cassidy Bayou Art Gallery, Sumner, MS, and the Cornerstone Arts Center in Colorado Springs, CO among others.

Solé also teaches workshops and lectures on photography. Born in Spain, raised in Switzerland, she arrived in New York City in 1984, where she lives with her family. She speaks seven languages.

This project has been made possible through the generous support of the Rogosin Institute and the Dreyfus Health Foundation in New York and Dr. Barry Smith, who was instrumental in the creation of the book "New Delta Rising". Without Dr Smith this project could not have been realized.

Click HERE for information about Magdalena Solé.

All photographs are Archival Pigment Prints.

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red truck
Girls with Cat and Dog, Lambert, MS, 2010 Two Brothers’ Wangz ‘n’ Thangz, Clarksdale, MS, 2010 Red Truck, Lambert, MS, 2010

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