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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Come to Light: The Photographs of Debbie Fleming Caffery

Debbie Fleming Caffery, Angel Smoking, 1997.

1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124, United States

“I guess what I am trying to say is that listening is sometimes more important to get me to the moment you take the photo,” says Debbie Fleming Caffery of her practice. “Listening is an accumulation of seeing, hearing, and feeling.” Caffery was born in New Iberia, a small town near the southern coast of Louisiana. She’s 75 now, and over a long career as a photographer she’s traveled far and wide—throughout the U.S., Mexico, and France—to capture diverse subjects, often spending many months with the people she photographs. Her images are imbued with a gothic sensibility, characterized by dramatic shadows, long exposures, and deep emotion. In Caffery’s first museum survey, just a few miles north of the town where she grew up, 100 black-and-white works from the 1970s to the present are on view … and listening. —Elena Clavarino

Photo courtesy of the artist © Debbie Fleming Caffery