Timothy Duffy: Super Spirit
Photographer Timothy Duffy has been taking pictures of the American South for over 35 years, capturing powerful images of musicians who represent the roots of American music. These blues, jazz, and folk artists are living expressions of a cultural legacy, made and remade by everyday people and passed down through generations. “Super Spirit” is a collection of twenty stunning pigment prints by contemporary artist Timothy Duffy where music and image meet around a history of struggle, adaptability, and creativity.
The tintype is rooted in more than 150 years of photographic method. In these portraits, Timothy Duffy brings new vitality to this old form, capturing powerful images of musicians who represent the roots of American music. 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.
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. With Super Spirit, Duffy demands they be seen.