Tammy Mercure: Cavaliers

By  |  May 30, 2013
This week we are featuring a selection from Tammy Mercure's series Cavaliers. Tammy was one of the OA's 100 New Superstars of Southern Art in the Visual South issue from 2012. This new project focuses on car culture in the South.

From Mercure's statement

The South is what we started out with in this bizarre, slightly troubling, basically wonderful country—fun, danger, friendliness, energy, enthusiasm, and brave, crazy, tough people." — Bill Maxwell, "There's no place like the South. 

Since 2008, I have been photographing events in the Southeast United States. They have ranged from NASCAR races with 160,000 attendees to a group of 20 people recreating a siege at a historic fort. These events seem to show this area's collective love of history and the land.

Turning sixteen and being able to drive was one of the greatest days of my life. I have photographed people racing, people hanging out in their cars, drive through stations of the cross, drive through safaris, and more.

Tammy Mercure, b. 1976 in Sioux City, IA, has exhibited her work at the Chicago Cultural Center, Project Basho in Philadelphia, and internationally. She has received numerous awards and grants, including a Polaroid Art Support Grant and several CAAP grants from the City of Chicago. She has a BA from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from East Tennessee State University. She is currently residing in Bristol, TN. See more of her work on her website.


Jeff Rich is a photographer based in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Jeff currently teaches photography at Coastal Carolina University. He curates the OA’s weekly photo series, Eyes on the South.