Norris photographs vernacular buildings from the 19th century South, simply, elegantly. He cites Strand and Caponigro as influences. His printing process and resulting graceful images hold receding depths, textures, light and shadow that give the aging structures and enveloping forest-growth a presence rarely found in the photographs by his predecessors.

-- Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Don has a fine eye for elegance, simplicity, light, and composition, and for the givenness of things as they are. This work invites meditation, contemplation, repose for the eye.

-- John Wall, The Southern Photographer, Raleigh, NC

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

I am a native of northwestern Indiana and an emeritus professor of biological sciences.

As a landscape photographer, I like commonplaces, what I might see everyday. Most of my work is black and white. The images are clean and specific, quiet, precise. The portfolios, photographed across America, center on what gives us our sense of place: our vernacular architecture, our broad landscapes, our local and familiar detail.

My southern work is mainstream southern photography: images as vessels for narrative; about the old and the ordinary; true to their subjects; quiet, often somber; and carrying the gravitas of southern history. 

I am drawn especially to southern vernacular architecture, particularly of the mid-19th century. These elegantly simple buildings, forthright in function and dignified in form, continue to strongly reflect their times and places.

Don Norris
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

PHOTOGRAPHIC RÉSUMÉ 2010 - 2018

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL

Art Museum of the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Do Good Fund Southern Photography Initiative, Columbus, GA

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

 

ARCHIVES

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

 

CURATED SHOWS

 

2018

Hooover Public Library, Hoover, AL; “A History of Southern Photography.” Alan Rothschild, et al.

Greensboro Opera House, Greensboro, AL; “Taking a Second Look: Following the Path of William Christenberry and Beyond…”. Alan Rothschild, et al.

2017  

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA; “A Place and Time, Part II.” Richard McCabe.

Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; “Common Passages: Reconsidering the American Scene.” Elizabeth Abston.

Gallery 130, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS; “NOW: Southern Photography Today.” Brook White.

Gammill Gallery, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS; “Southern People, Southern Places.” David Wharton.

2016  

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA; “Land Inhabited.” Annette Cone-Skelton.

A Novel Experience Bookstore and Gallery, Zebulon, GA; SlowExposures/ACP 2016. “Don Norris, Southern Vernacular.”

Palazzo Panichi, Pietrasanta, Italy; “Alabama Visions.” Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Montgomery Art Guild. Mark Johnson, et al.

2015  

Alabama Black Belt Shows, Do Good Fund Southern Photography Initiative:

Smith Building Art Gallery, Marion, AL; “Eternal Moments: Photographs of the South.” Chip Cooper.

Main Street Galleries, Greensboro, AL; “A Changing Nature: Photographs of the South.” Kensie McNeilly. 

2014  

Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; “Mississippi Invitational, 2014.” Carla Hanzal.

Town Creek Arts Festival, Jackson, MS.

Lagniappe, Greenville, MS.

2013  

Oddfellows Gallery, Hattiesburg, MS; “Don Norris: Vernacular Expressions.” 

Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; “Recent Acquisitions.” Beth Batton.

Ka Gallery, Seminary, MS; “Recent Work: Cartee & Norris.”

2012  

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA; “New Southern Photography.” Richard McCabe.

 

JURIED SHOWS

2018

LightBox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR. “The Sacred.” Robert Adams.

Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA; LaGrange Southeast Regional Biennial. David Houston.

Don’t Take Pictures (website exhibition); “Structure.” Kat Kiernan.

2017  

A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; “Earth.” Paula Tognarelli.

J. Wayne Stark Gallery, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX. TPS 26th International. Alison Nordström.

2016  

A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; “Trees.” Michael Kenna.

City Hall Gallery, Montgomery, AL; MMFA and MAG; “A Summer Exhibition.” Mark Johnson, et al.

Grandstand, New Orleans, LA; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival; “Americana Music Triangle.” Sasha Lecca.

 2015  

A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; “H2O.” S. Gayle Stevens.

Wittliff Galleries, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX; TPS 24th International. David Coleman.

Montgomery (AL) Museum of Fine Arts; MAG 41st Biennial. Tom Butler.

Meridian (MS) Museum of Art; 42nd Bi-State. Brian Kelly.

RSA Tower, Montgomery, AL; 49th MAG-Regions Bank. Deborah Velders.

2014  

NOPA Gallery, New Orleans, LA; Annual Members’. NOPA Board of Directors

Meridian (MS) Museum of Art; 41st Bi-State. Kim Bernadas.

The Cedars, Jackson, MS; 3rd Annual. Butler Snow Fine Art Committee.

2013  

R.F. Strickland Gallery, Concord, GA; 11th SlowExposures. Rob McDonald and Kevin Miller.

Meridian (MS) Museum of Art; 40th Bi-State. Mark Grote.

A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; “Chair.” O. Rufus Lovett.

Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; Juried Auction. Tom Rankin, et al.

2012  

Meridian (MS) Museum of Art; 39th Bi-State. Scott Betz.

NOPA Gallery, New Orleans, LA; Annual Members’. NOPA Board of Directors.

A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; “Gardens.” Steve Goff.

NOPA Gallery, New Orleans, LA; “Light.” Julie Grahame.

2011  

Crescent City Brewhouse, New Orleans, LA;  2011 CURRENTS. Richard McCabe.

A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; “Numbers.” Amanda Smith and Carol Watson.

R.F. Strickland Gallery, Concord, GA; 9th SlowExposures. Elizabeth Biondi and Peter Essick.

A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; “America.” Clarke Evans.

E.E. Bass Gallery, Greenville, MS; Biennial Invitational. Lauren McCracken.

Mary O’Keefe Gallery, Ocean Springs, MS; 1st Juried. Miranda Lash.

A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; “Simplicity.” Robert Hecht.

Members’ Online Gallery, Texas Photographic Society, San Antonio, TX ; Portfolio Competition III. Chris Bennett.

Online Gallery, Photo Place Gallery, Middleberry, VT; “Flowers, Trees, Birds Bees.” Alan Niriyi.

A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; “Spherical.” Carla Elliot.

2010  

A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; TPS 19th International. Katherine Ware.

Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco, TX; TPS 24th Members Only. Clark Baker, et al.

 

AWARDS

2016  Juror’s Honorable Mention, A Smith Gallery, “Trees.” (Michael Kenna)

2015  Finalist and Juror’s Special Honorable Mention, Clarence John Laughlin Award, New Orleans Photo Alliance (Carol McCusker)

Juror’s Honorable Mention, Montgomery Art Guild—Regions Bank 49th Annual Exhibition (Deborah Velders)

Art Galleries & Artists South Publisher’s Award, Montgomery Art Guild 41st Museum Exhibition (Tom Butler)

2013  Jurors’ Honorable Mention, SlowExposures, 11th Annual Show (Rob McDonald, Kevin Miller)

2011  Jurors' Honorable Mention, SlowExposures, 9th Annual Show (Elizabeth Biondi, Peter Essick)

Visitors’ Choice Award, A Smith Gallery, “America”

Mary and Charles Hardy Merit Award, Greenville Biennial Invitational (Lauren McCracken)

2010  Visitors’ Choice Award, Texas Photographic Society, 19th Annual International

 

WEB FEATURES

Nancy McCrary, ed. “Good Bones: Portraiture and Architecture.” South x Southeast. Vol. IX (1), 2014.

Nancy McCrary, ed. “Flora and Fauna of the American Southeast.” South x Southeast. Vol. IX (3), 2014.

Nancy McCrary, ed. “Water.” South x Southeast. Vol. IX (4), 2014. 

Jeff Rich, ed. “Eyes on the South: Don Norris.” Oxford American, December 7, 2013.

Kat Kiernan, ed. “Don Norris: 'Newbern Presbyterian (1848), Newbern, Alabama.’ ” Don’t Take Pictures, December 20, 2015.

Aline Smithson (with Betty Press), eds.,  "Don Norris: States’ Project: Mississippi.” Lenscratch, December 4, 2016.

John Wall. Notations and references. The Southern Photographer, 2011-2017.