Hand-printed Cyanotype photography by Beverly Buys.
Beverly Buys is a native of Hot Springs, Arkansas where she continues to live. She received an M.A. in Photography from the University of Little Rock at Arkansas in 1994 and an M.F.A in Photography from the University of Memphis in 1996. She taught photography as an adjunct professor at Henderson State University while completing her graduate degree. After graduation she taught photography at HSU full time for 19 years, rising through the ranks to become a full professor of art. She retired from that position in May 2014.
Among Beverly’s influences are the early photographers of the nineteenth century and the New Deal photographers of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930’s. Early photography allows the viewer to see the craft of the photographic art in a transparent way that informs her own work.
In 2011 Beverly began the series “Delta in Blue”, a study of the Arkansas Delta Region. By using 6 pieces of film to enlarge one negative onto she was able to make her images larger. She prints in Cyanotype, a simple and clean chemical process that varies in shades of blue and brown affording variety in color. She requires the work to be as true to the subject as she can make it, a reaction to the digitally enhanced and constructed photographs found on many gallery walls today. She chooses to show her hand in the making of the print, to let drips, stains, fogs and rough edges be an element of the design and meaning of the image. Her work in photography can be considered painterly as a result.
Recently Beverly was awarded the Polly Crews Scholarship 2016 from the Arkansas Committee of the National Women in the Arts Museum. This award will help her fulfill her plans to continue the photographic series “Delta in Blue”. Her goal is to have enough images to compile into a book along with essays she is writing inspired by the history of the Delta region and infused with associated memories of her own families subsistence farm beginnings in the rural Ouachita Mountains of central Arkansas during the great depression.
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