January 2014



Schuyler Clay

Artist’s Statement

For a very long time I resisted the idea of shooting digital pictures. Taking photographs in medium format film and then scanning the negatives was the way I dealt with the whole world “going digital.” Then in 2010 I got a digital camera and started experimenting with what I called “snapshots” – i.e. not placing too much importance on them. By 2013 I realized I had quite a few digital portraits that I liked. It is an ongoing project, though I still love film and negatives. The world has definitely “gone digital.”




Maude Schuyler Clay was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. After attending the University of Mississippi and the Memphis Academy of Arts, she assisted the photographer William Eggleston. She received the Mississippi Arts and Letters award for photography in 1988, 1992, and 2000, and the Mississippi Art Commission’s Individual Artist Grant in 1998. The University Press of Mississippi published her monograph Delta Land in 1999. She was the Photography Editor of the literary magazine The Oxford American from 1998-2002. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The National Museum for Women in the Arts, among others. Delta Dogs will be published by the University Press of Mississippi in June 2014, with a foreword by Brad Watson and essay by Beth Ann Fennelly.