Cotton Plant

By  |  August 25, 2020

Photographs by Timothy Hursley



In his trips to Arkansas Delta towns like Helena and Wilson from his home in Little Rock, Timothy Hursley, one of the world’s most prominent photographers of architecture, became fascinated with the structures known as Muskogee houses, huge storehouses of cotton seed that fill and empty with the farming cycles of the crop. His photographs reveal exterior industry and eerie interior landscapes, and Frederick McKindra’s accompanying essay, Seeds Unbound, ponders how they reframe the troubled historical trope of this product of the soil.


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Timothy Hursley’s career has centered around photographing contemporary architecture. His photographs of the Rural Studio span twenty-five years and are chronicled in three books by Princeton Architectural Press. Hursley is currently focusing on industrial structures, main streets, and funeral homes in the rural South. His home is in Little Rock. 

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