A Gallery for High-quality Photography : Timothy Duffy

A Gallery For High-quality Images existing twelve pigment prints, initially shot as a tintype, by up to date artist Timothy Duffy.

“Southern literature and music have prolonged outlined the cultural landscape of the South. Now, they significantly share that landscape with photography. My recent guides Blue Muse and Hanging Tree Guitars and my new do the job in progress Sacred Soul is an possibility to mirror on how the intersection of new music and photography defines our area.

I am a folklorist, a musician, a photographer, and a producer, I view photography as an critical component of my function with Southern musicians. My purpose is to both of those provide out the most effective in the musicians I work with and help protect their legacies. Photography and new music- the visible and the aural- are inherently sympathetic worlds since they resonate with both of those our eye and our ear. Collectively, photos and songs harness the electricity of memory and sense of location in strong methods. They work collectively to deepen our comprehending of the American South and its musical roots.

Musicians and photographers are like sorcerers who conjure previous moments and sounds to enrich the present. These pictures seize the emotional energy of the musician.

My photographs transport us into the artists’ thoughts and allow us to occupy their worlds. We enter an imaginative house where we can listen to the sounds of survival from an ironing board, a just one-strand guitar, or an unaccompanied voice as we travel through time. Photographs of deeply lined fingers and faces hover in this timeless realm that may well be this working day of a century back.

My photographs remind us that the porous membrane involving the South’s past and its present- in which the previous is in no way lifeless, not even the previous is never ever lifeless, the earlier-is consistently shifting. We are described by our past, and each and every era is pressured to relive its glories and its nightmares, images permits us a new point of view as both equally we and the artists float inside of a liminal place and time.

The images and audio in my existing function is a potent reminder of how southern location and memory both equally keep and liberate us. Complicated us to look anew at tunes and photography with my exploration of Southern musical communities.”

Timothy Duffy


For the previous various yrs, Timothy Duffy (American, born 1963) has created one particular-of-a-sort immediate optimistic tintype portraits of American musicians. Even with the relevance of these musicians and the national legacy they depict, most keep on being little acknowledged. Duffy’s masterful pictures, shot with a big camera, significant adequate to maintain the plates you see in this gallery, rejoice these essential creators, custodians, purveyors, and performers of American songs.

The course of action he makes use of, the tintype, an American innovation, dates back again to the nineteenth century. It necessitates coating a metal plate with a wet, syrupy solution that holds light-delicate chemicals. The plate have to then be placed right away in the camera and uncovered to the topic just before it dries wholly. A great deal like the improvisational characteristics of the audio that his subjects participate in, the most effective tintypes normally end result from incidental results of the process—drying far too swiftly, oversensitivity, slight ripples in the area of the emulsion. Duffy welcomes these as prospers or nuances that elevate the picture outside of the realm of specialized achievement. Working possibly in the studio with potent lights that help pace up a generally extended exposure time, or out in the field with his “wet-plate wagon” (a moveable darkroom trailer that he pulls with his truck), Duffy results in powerful photographs of musicians who are the residing expression of an vital cultural legacy.

Great artwork prints are offered for acquire by means of A Gallery for Wonderful Images in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Timothy Duffy
May 5, 2022 – August 31, 2022
A Gallery for High-quality Photography
New Orleans, LA