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Jim Cleveland


My ambition was to be a great writer. But in 1961, the executive editor of the Jackson (MS) Daily News told this new hire that all of his reporters carried cameras. He told chief photographer Jack Thornell (a future Pulitzer Prize winner) to outfit me with a Yashika camera, with an electronic strobe attachment.

Over the years, I’ve been sent to many locations for both stories and photographs. Virtually all of my negatives and photographs have always been the property of my employers, including Mississippi State University as news editor, the University of Mississippi as public information director, and for 16 years at MFC Services, editing an agricultural newspaper, and finding feature stories across the mid-South.

IMAGING SOJOURNS, a forthcoming book, chronicles two eras of photography.

PART ONE features historic and human interest photos from the years I produced 191 monthly issues of the MFC News.

PART TWO  — featured here —  is from my retirement years, tending my aged Mom for six years before her transition. I found the generally poor and alienated flatwoods counties in Mississippi to be a fertile ground for cultural photographs that I myself appreciated. For years I have admired art photographers, and especially the subtle but powerful expressions of William Eggleston, and these images may possibly ring a bell with you.

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STILLS Memories in Images by Jim Cleveland

Over the 1970s and 80s, I produced 191 monthly issues of the MFC NEWS, championing the cause of family-owned farms and business cooperatives. From those years, here are some images from the rural landscape that freeze split seconds of reality in time.

And then down the road, in my caregiving years with my aged mother, I found more images of my native Flatwoods area in Northeast Mississippi. Inspired by the work of William Eggleston and appreciation for country oddities, I made another collection of images that I like, and maybe you will too.

The spine of this collection reflects some of the vast number of faces of humankind, each unique in biology and in vision. No two of us are alike in all the genera­tions. Each of us is shaped heavily by environment and seek to overcome it with our ambitions and dreams.

A collection of four galleries of images by Jim Cleveland

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