By the standards of contemporary photographers, Shelby Lee Adams is a modest man. He dabbles not in the black art of celebrity portraiture, dwells not in the abstract zone, couldn't care less about the zeitgeist. The label that fits best would be "documentary photojournalist," though Adams' work is not quite reportage. His true subject is, in his own words, "the more vulnerable side of the human condition." He has worked in a state mental institution, photographed a South American leper colony and spent nearly half of his 51 years documenting the poor white mountain... More >>>