50 photographs: An Iconography of Chance
Musician, filmmaker, performance artist, photographer and Southern provocateur Tav Falco presents 50 photographs: An Iconography of Chance. These black and white photographs-taken in the 1970s and early 1980s- provide a gothic travelogue through the Deep South. From the farmlands of rural Arkansas to down- town Memphis, the Mississippi Delta and all parts in between, Falco’s haunted images capture the fleeting vestiges of a bygone era found along the lost highways of the American South.
When Falco arrived in Memphis in 1973, he quickly became an integral part of a small but influential art and music scene. Falco formed the seminal art rock band Panther Burns and started working as a Lab technician- processing and printing black and white film for William Eggleston. Falco and Eggleston became friends and worked alongside each other for ten years. Eggleston’s deadpan composition and subject matter are a clear influence on Falco’s work; in addition, Falco’s written thoughtful descriptions of the events surrounding each captured image sheds light into his unique photographic vision.
"Photography is a process of the lone eye blinking and twitching and gazing upon the terrifying amusing, and often diverting evidence of the living and of the dead."
5 Fun Facts about Tav Falco:
Videographer on Eggleston’s groundbreaking experimental video, Stranded in Canton, in 1974
Formed the psychedelic Rock-and-Roll band, Panther Burns, with Alex Chilton in 1979
Author of "Ghosts Behind the Sun", a book about the history of Memphis, TN
Appeared in the film, "Downtown 81" with the renowned artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Has lived in Vienna, Austria since 2004 and continues to tour with Panther Burns around Europe and the U.S.
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