AUGUSTA, GA (1 SEPTEMBER 2016)—American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart is on exhibit at the Morris Museum of Art from September 9 through November 27, 2016. The exhibition, organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, features more than sixty photographs by country music legend Marty Stuart. American Ballads demonstrates that Stuart is a master storyteller not only through his songs, but also through his revealing photographs. “These photographs are simply wonderful,” said Morris Museum of Art director Kevin Grogan. “Through them, he demonstrates convincingly that he is indeed a man of parts whose expressive abilities, both visual and musical, set him apart from his peers.” Widely recognized as a songwriter, recording artist, five-time Grammy Award winner, and member of the Grand Ole Opry, Stuart has also been honing his skills as a photographer over decades, documenting the people and places he found while touring as a professional musician—something he started doing at the age of thirteen Stuart’s work ranges from intimate, often candid, behind-the-scenes depictions of musicians to images that capture the eccentricities of characters from the back roads of America, to admiring portraits of the Lakota people of South Dakota. Stuart’s mother, Hilda Stuart, an amateur photographer of considerable talent, inspired his early interest in the medium and gave him his first camera, a Kodak Instamatic. Seeing his mother’s skilled depictions of mid-century family life in Mississippi, stirred his curiosity about photography and inspired his determination to capture memorable and meaningful moments on film. From its beginnings, his career provided early exposure and access to country music’s living legends. In... Sign In to Keep Reading
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