Craft and Subtlety

By  |  September 29, 2015
All photographs by Maude Schuyler Clay All photographs by Maude Schuyler Clay

Artist: Maude Schuyler Clay

Project: Color Portraits

Description: Maude Schuyler Clay is known for her work depicting the Mississippi Delta, but she is also a talented portrait photographer. Inspired by Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, and Diane Arbus, Clay seeks to make photographs that emulate, in color, the craft and subtlety these artists cultivated in black and white.


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 was the photography editor of the Oxford American  from 1998 to 2002. She continues to live in the Delta with her husband and three children. Her next book, Mississippi History, which includes an introduction by Richard Ford, will be published with Steidl in December 2015.

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.