Keith Carter, ‘Fireflies’, 1992, Phillips

Signature: Signed, titled, dated and numbered 22/50 in pencil on the verso.

Hope Photographs, The National Arts Club, New York, February-March 1997, and traveling to 9 other venues through 2005

George and Marks, eds., Hope Photographs, p. 95 (this print)
Carter, Keith Carter: Photographs: Twenty-five Years, pl. 20
University of Texas Press, Fireflies: Photographs of Children, cover, title page, pl. 53
Davis, An American Century of Photography, p. 503

Witkin Gallery, New York, 1994

About Keith Carter

Using traditional historic methods, Keith Carter produces toned black-and-white photographs of people, animals, and natural scenes that merge reality and the fantastic. His images resonate with references to mythology and fairytales, Southern folklore, and religion. Explaining his artistic development, Carter once said: “I come out of a documentary tradition, but after awhile I wanted to put my own stamp on things. It became clear to me that the subject matter I really cared about had to do with a sense of place, of geography, of the animal world, of the spiritual world and the elements of theology and folklore.” Carter is a self-taught photographer who spent much of his career as a professor. He cites Ansel Adams and Paul Strand as influences, as well as his friends, neighbors, family, and the culture and folkways of the American South.

American, b. 1948, Madison, WI, United States