One Sun, One Shadow – Shane Lavalette

Having grown up in Northeastern United States, it was primarily through traditional music – old-time blues, gospel, etc. – that I had formed a relationship with the South. With that in mind, the region’s rich musical history became the natural entry point for my work.

I was not interested in making a documentary about Southern music today. Instead I desired to explore the relationship between traditional music and the contemporary landscape through a more poetic lens. Moved by the themes and stories past down in songs, I let the music itself carry the pictures.

Commissioned by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta for its Picturing the South series which invited artists to create a body of work about the American South. Past artists include Sally Mann, Emmet Gowin, Richard Misrach, Dawoud Bey, Alex Webb, Alec Soth, Martin Parr, and Kael Alford. Picturing the South was exhibited at the High Museum of Art in 2012.


Shane Lavalette (b. 1987, Burlington, Vermont) is an American photographer, the founding Publisher/Editor of Lavalette, and the Director of Light Work. He holds a BFA from Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Lavalette’s photographs have been shown widely, including exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Aperture Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Musée de l’Elysée, in addition to being held in private and public collections. Lavalette is currently based in Upstate New York.

Shane currently has a solo exhibition on view at the Robert Morat Galerie in Hamburg, Germany. It runs from June 4 – July 30, 2016.


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