Debbie Fleming Caffery

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Debbie Fleming Caffery is a black and white photographer and Guggenheim fellow whose quiet documentary images bring an ethereal beauty to the world around her. Her subjects range from Mexican prostitutes to victims of Hurricane Katrina, and fill four books: Carry Me Home, The Shadows, Polly, and The Spirit of the Flesh.
Cafferey grew up in Southern Louisiana and received a Bachelor’s Degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. For her 1990 book, Carry Me Home, the artists returned to Louisiana to photograph landscapes and people from her childhood. She continues to photograph communities in rural Louisiana, and has also photographed subjects in Portugal, Northeast Mexico, and Baton Rouge, when she was hired by People Magazine to photograph survivors of Hurricane Katrina. She says, “My search in photography has been a process of refining my response to the mystery of life.”
Caffery’s work is featured in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, MoMA, and the Smithsonian Institute among others. In addition to the Guggenheim fellowship, she was also awarded the Governor of Louisiana Art Award in 1989.

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Artworks



X Baton Rouge River Shelter Debbie Feliing Caffery

X, Baton Rouge River Shelter, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

Current Lannan Art Collection

Wer Alive Chalmette 2005 Debbie Fleming Cafferty

We’R Alive, Chalmette, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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Jesus At Devastated Holy Beach Debbie Fleming Caffery

Jesus at Devastated Holy Beach, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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Robert Baton Rouge River Shelter 2005 Debbie Fleming Cafferty

Robert, Baton Rouge River Shelter, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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Infant Jesus Of Prague Plaquemines Parish Debbie Fleming Caffery

Infant Jesus of Prague, Plaquemines Parish, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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I Have A Dream St Roch New Orleans Debbie Fleming Caffery

I Have a Dream, St. Roch, New Orleans, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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Imagine Hell St Roch New Orleans Debbie Fleming Caffery

Imagine Hell, St. Roch, New Orleans, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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Flooded Farmland Forked Island Debbie Fleming Caffery

Flooded Farmland, Forked Island, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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God Be With You New Orleans 9Th Ward Debbie Fleming Caffery

God Be with You, New Orleans, 9th Ward, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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Gator Guard Cameron Parish After Rita Debbie Fleming Caffery

Gator Guard, Cameron Parish after Rita, 2005

Size: 20 x 24 inches
Medium: Gelatin silver print

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