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Brandon Thibodeaux  Dallas, TX

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About Brandon

Brandon Thibodeaux is a photographer based in Dallas, Texas, who creates portraits in the documentary tradition. In addition to his assignment work and creative commissions, he explores life in the American South.

Brandon explains the work by saying, “When Morning Comes is a reflection of life in the Mississippi Delta. I first traveled to the region in the summer of 2009 because I needed to breathe after my own troubled times. I was in search of something stronger than myself and attended its churches not to photograph but to cry and be redeemed and to just be a part of the place. I was there to listen as I prayed for a revelation. Over the past three years I have witnessed signs of strength against struggle, humility amidst pride, and a promise for deliverance in the lives that I’ve come to know here. This is a land stigmatized by poverty beneath a long shadow of racism. I do not wish to overlook this fact but rather look between it for evidence of the tender and yet unwavering human spirit that resides within its fabric. I photograph in five communities that span roughly 15 square miles of the northern Mississippi Delta. In what began as a journey for personal exploration is found a narrative of another man’s faith, identity, and perseverance. I see the strength of a single man while acknowledging the machine that replaced thousands, the flight of childhood innocence grounded by the scar of life hard lived, a living room altar to a symbolic president and a toppled white king in a conquered game of chess. While this work makes specific reference to the rural black experience, I am reminded with every visit that these themes of faith, identity, and perseverance are common to us all. These are the traits of strong men. And maybe that is the lesson I was looking for all along.”

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"I love this; gritty but beautiful, speaks volumes, makes me wonder whom they are looking at."

"This is really lovely. Difficult and emotional, but a lovely portrayal."

"The expression on her face is priceless."

"love this photo."

"Brandon, what do you shoot with? I saw a self portrait where you're holding a TLR (as far as I could tell, it is a reflected image) - is this your primary tool? And what film do you prefer? I switched from Tx to Ilford awhile back, mainly because the Ilford doesn't buckle in the winter when my furnace sucks all the humidity out of my basement darkroom. Anyway, I like your portraiture, very nice indeed. Cheers, TAG"

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