Contemporary Appalachian Photographers


Since its advent, photography has had the power to shape perception through representation. There are hundreds of photographers who choose Appalachia as their subject matter; therefore, contemporary photographs continue to shape perceptions of modern Appalachia. This pathfinder serves as an introduction to the field of contemporary Appalachian photographs, as well as an introduction to the photographers living and working in the region today.

Introductory Text: 

Ball, Randy. “Contemporary Photography.” In Encyclopedia of Appalachia, by Rudy Abramson and Jean Haskell, 1420-1421. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2006. F106 .E53 2006.

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 

Highly relevant:

  • Adams, Shelby Lee
  • Levy, Builder
  • Mann, Sally
  • Smith, Mike

Also relevant:

  • Appalachian Mountains - Pictorial works
  • Appalachian Region - Pictorial works

More general:

  • Contemporary Photography Series
  • Photography, Documentary


  • Photography, Artistic - United States
Clipping Files Subject Headings – W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection: 
  • Mountain People - Stereotypes
  • Penland School, Penland, NC
  • Photography
  • Scenery
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 






Amberg, Rod. Sodom Laurel Album. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. TR820.5 .A468 2002.

Levy, Builder. Images of the Appalachian Coalfields. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1989. HD8039.M62 U6437 1989.

Mann, Sally. Immediate Family. New York: Aperture, 1992. TR647 .M36 1992.

--. What Remains. Boston: Bull Finch Press, 2003. TR654 .M32352 2003.

Smith, Mike. You’re Not From Around Here. Santa Fe: Center for American Places, 2004. F442.1 .S655 2004.


Appalachian Journal. V. 1-36, 1972-2008. F216.2 .A66

Southern Exposure. V.1-36, 1973-2008. F206 .S68

Now and Then. V.1-25, 1984-2009. F217.A65 N68.

Compiled by: 

Compiler: Katie Raye Phillips, 3 November 2009