November 27, 2014  

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Cultural Center to Host “Faulkner’s World” Photographic Exhibit

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Martin J. Dain's photo of William Faulkner. (Submitted photo)

Photographer Martin J. Dain was one of the few who photographed author William Faulkner at Rowan Oak, the writer’s home in Oxford. A selection of those images, compiled in the traveling exhibit, “Faulkner’s World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain,” are on display through May 2 at the Evelyn Gandy Cultural Center, located on the third floor of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The photographs of Martin Dain provide a unique journey into the world of William Faulkner. Taken between 1961 and 1963, Dain’s photographs portray Faulkner at home, as well as provide a comprehensive look at the people and cultural traditions that inspired him. Upon his first visit to Oxford in 1961, Dain made numerous photographs of the town and surrounding rural Lafayette County, which served as the inspiration for the author’s fictional Yoknapatawpha County. Dain returned in 1962 to photograph Faulkner’s funeral and preserve additional images of Lafayette County.

The exhibition opened at the University of Mississippi in 1997 and traveled for two years as part of the Faulkner Centennial Celebration. It had an encore tour in 2007 in conjunction with the Mississippi Reads project administered through the Mississippi Library Commission. “Faulkner’s World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain” was curated and produced by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture in Oxford.

For more information about the exhibit at the Evelyn Gandy Cultural Center, contact Shugana Williams at 228.214.3423 or e-mail krc@usm.edu .