Beate Sass: Tall Timbers

By  |  February 17, 2015

Artist: Beate Sass

Location: North Florida/Southwest Georgia

Project: Tall Timbers

Description: This project aims to document the tenant homes that still stand on the grounds of the Tall Timbers Plantation. Rising from the artist’s interest in photography and oral history, Tall Timbers is a visual and verbal project. Sass’s goal is both to document the dwellings where tenant farmers once lived, and to hear the stories of the families who contributed extensively to the history of Southern agriculture.


Beate Sass earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Southern California in 1983. She discovered photography in her mid-forties and became passionate about visual storytelling. As a photographer, she has found it most rewarding to photograph people in their own environments and to record their stories. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her family. 

Jeff Rich is a photographer based in Iowa City. His work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. Jeff currently teaches photography at the University of Iowa. He curates the OA’s weekly photo series, Eyes on the South.