Working within the confines of traditional straight photography, a captured image can only be an unmanipulated, concrete representation of reality. But by stripping away contextual signals, isolating a part from the whole, and introducing ambiguities of scale, that true image becomes an alternate version of reality, open to interpretation informed by the individual viewer. — Louis Joyner
As a photographer, writer, and senior editor at Southern Living magazine for 27 years, Louis Joyner covered architecture and interior design across the South as well as photographed a wide variety of travel and feature articles.
Since 2000, his personal work has become more abstract. Going back to his photographic roots, he now photographs exclusively in black and white, using medium and large format film cameras and traditional darkroom printing techniques. Recently he has begun exploring 19th century printing processes.
Over the last 40 years his photography has been exhibited in galleries across the South in solo exhibitions and juried shows including The Harnett Biennial of American Prints, National Juried Printmaking & Photography Exhibition, and the International Juried Works on Paper Exhibition.
A photograph from Louis’ Rust series was chosen for a merit award in Black & White magazines’ Single Images Special Issue. Four other images from the Rust series were selected for one of 14 excellence awards in Black & White’s Portfolio Special Issue. Black & White recently featured images from his Memphis+40 series of street photography on its cover and four pages inside the magazine.