Timothy Duffy – BLUE MUSE


Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – 6:00pm

Octavia Books – 513 Octavia Street – New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for an evening with photographer Timothy Duffywhen he presents BLUE MUSE: Timothy Duffy’s Southern Photographs, published by UNC Press in association with the New Orleans Museum of Art. The book features several New Orleans based musicians such as Alabama Slim, Ironing Board Sam and Little Freddie King. Timothy Duffy will appear in conversation with New Orleans Museum of Art curator Russell Lord who wrote the book’s foreword .

And, the program will feature a very special performance by New Orleans music legend Little Freddie King. A book signing will follow.

Portraits capturing the roots of American music and photography

The tintype is rooted in more than 150 years of photographic method. In this collection of extraordinary portraits, Timothy Duffy brings new vitality to this old form, capturing powerful images of musicians who represent the roots of American music. These American blues, jazz, and folk artists are living expressions of a cultural legacy, made and remade by everyday people and passed down through generations. In the hands of the people in Duffy’s portraits, centuries-old traditions find new expression in this digital millennium. Likewise, Duffy’s photographic techniques fuse old forms and the original collodion wet plates with modern lighting. In this collaboration between photographer and artist, music and image meet around a history of struggle, adaptability, and creativity. It is this ethos that Duffy captures in his tintypes.

Some of the musicians in Duffy’s photographs have found fame, but most have not. While the world finds inspiration in the grassroots creativity of these musicians, barriers of class, race, and place often keep them under acknowledged and obscured. But in these photographs, Duffy demands they be seen.

BLUE MUSE will accompany a solo exhibition of Timothy Duffy’s photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art on view April 25. – July 28, 2019.