• Location:
    Hattiesburg, MS, United States
  • Gallery Representation:
    International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC
    Oddfellows Gallery, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
    One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Agencies:
    Panos Pictures, London
  • Schools Attended:
    University of Michigan School of Art
  • Photo Associations & Memberships:
    Society for Photographic Education (SPE)
    New Orleans Photo Alliance
    Art Photo Index, PhotoEye, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Women in Photography International
About Betty Press

I never expected to be living in Mississippi. I grew up in rural Nebraska in a religious and conservative family, left for college and got exposed to the rest of the world by traveling around the world with my husband, then working as a photojournalist for eight years in Africa. Because of this I bring a singular perspective to my current photo project which documents the black and white experience in Mississippi , which is so intertwined, and keeps the South a unique region in our country.

I am still best known for my photographs taken in Africa where I lived and worked in Kenya from 1987 to 1995 and in Sierra Leone in 2008-09 while my husband was on a Fulbright scholarship. Now living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and teaching at the University of Southern Mississippi I photograph in the South as well as Africa which I still consider my second home.

My photographs have been widely exhibited and collected around the world as well as being selected for many juried competitions. In 2011 I published my first award winning photobook I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Proverb which captured a stunning, life-affirming portrait of the African people and culture.

I am represented by Panos Pictures, London; Photographic Image Group, Portland, Oregon; International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC; Fischer Galleries, Jackson, Mississippi, and One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya.

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