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Halfway To Midland explores a state of mind and a sense of place.

Photographed in Texas, this investigation of iconologies questions the relationship between the past and the present.

Integrating my ongoing fascination with regalia, my interest is not simply documentation. Each semi-autobiographical reality consists of connected scenes from elaborate internalized myths. I am interested in the complexities between self and culture where the chorus of dreams and reality seem to inhabit the same quotidian space.

Halfway To Midland was selected for the Descubrimientos (Discovery) PhotoEspaña Prize 2013 and is an official selection of PhotoEspaña 2014.

Prints
20 x 30 inches, ed. of 9
selected images
28 x 42 inches, ed. of 3
Nancy Newberry MUM - a gift giving ritual from Texas, USA
Nancy Newberry MUM - a gift giving ritual from Texas, USA
Nancy Newberry MUM - a gift giving ritual from Texas, USA.
MFAH Permanent Collection.
Nancy Newberry MUM - a gift giving ritual from Texas, USA
Nancy Newberry MUM - a gift giving ritual from Texas, USA
Nancy Newberry MUM - a gift giving ritual from Texas, USA

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MUM

Customs are vital in defining all cultures. "Mum" is survey of my own back yard exploring themes of self-representation and strange rituals of the everyday.

Artificial, shiny and virtually unknown outside of Texas, the Homecoming Mum is an elaborate corsage, exchanged between friends and lovers. They are ritually worn and subsequently immortalized, tacked to bedroom walls as trophies. At a time when many American high schoolers seem purposefully disengaged from the world around them, the Mum constitutes both a unique act of cultural immersion and a specific brand of folk art.

Shot slowly and inspired by an interpretation of my memories, I have limited the settings of the photographs to in and around the subject's homes. In this very personal space, I pair spontaneous and carefully arranged moments to construct chaos; my interest is in the struggle between self and culture, the real and the perceived. With the extravagance of adornment and insignia the work continues to explore ceremony and commonplace.

Human existence is a creative act; the mystery is in how we are driven to innovate and engage the unspoken narrative of ourselves.



chromogenic prints
28 x 42 inches, ed. of 9
The Telegraph Magazine, George RR Martin
Portrait of Charlie Ray
ESPN The Magazine, Trevor Ariza
ESPN The Magazine, Thomas Robinson and Angel Morris
ESPN The Magazine, Thomas Robinson and Angel Morris
M Le Magazine du Monde, Sam Schonzeit , Artist, Marfa Texas
Inc Magazine
Business Week
M Le Magazine du Monde, Marfa Texas, Buck Johnston
M Le Magazine du Monde,
Fancy Ponyland, Marfa, Texas
Fancy Ponyland, Marfa, Texas
ESPN The Magazine, Jason Babin and Gary Saurange
ESPN The Magazine, Trevor Ariza
ESPN The Magazine, Trevor Ariza
ESPN The Magazine
ESPN The Magazine, Trevor Ariza

B I O G R A P H Y

Fine Art and Editorial photographer Nancy Newberry is interested in the strange rituals of everyday life. Known for her photographs of people, her work often explores the interplay between individuality and social affiliation. Her most well-known series, MUM is a tableau centered around a unique custom virtually unknown outside of her home state of Texas.

She has received many honors and awards for her work from both publications and institutions. Most recently, she was awarded the Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña Prize in Madrid, the FotoFest Discoveries of the Meeting Place in Houston and The Taylor Wessing Portrait Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Ms. Newberry's photographs can regularly be seen in the pages of magazines and are in the permanent collection of The Museum of Fine Art, Houston. Her work has been exhibited in the US, UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal and China. She may often be found chasing tumbleweeds between Dallas and Marfa, Texas.











S E L E C T E D A W A R D S


Descubrimientos PHotoEspaña Prize, Madrid 2013

FotoFest Discovery of the Meeting Place 2012

National Portrait Gallery of London, Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Exhibition 2012

Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers, Nominee 2012

Descubrimientos PHE, Finalist 2012

John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award, Nominee 2011

The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography, Humble Arts Foundation 2011

Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Director's Choice 2011

Hey, Hot Shot! Contender 2010

Hey, Hot Shot! Curator's Choice Award 2010

Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2010

The Robert Cornelius Award 2010

PhotoNOLA Review Prize 2009

PDN Photo Annual 2007, 2008, 2013

American Photography 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011

The Photo Review 2009

Critical Mass Finalist 2009, 2010, 2013

Communication Arts Photo Annual 2004

International Photo 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009

Creativity Annual Award 2006

Webby Honoree 2007


S E L E C T E D C L I E N T S

The Chinati Foundation, Details, Der Spiegle, ESPN The Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, FotoMagazin, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, London Telegraph Magazine, Lufthansa, M Le magazine du Monde, MarieClaire, Men's Health, Newsweek, NYSE, Outside, Pentagram, Photo RAW, Photographie, Psychology Today, Real Simple, Rolling Stone, Stern, Time, Universal Records
British Journal of Photography, September 2013
Arts + Culture Texas Magazine, September 2013
Arts + Culture Texas Magazine, September 2013
M Le magazine du Monde
Interview by Fernando Brito for El Debate Tónica, Culicán, Sinoloa México
Interview by Fernando Brito for El Debate Tónica, Culicán, Sinoloa México
Interview by Fernando Brito for El Debate Tónica, Culicán, Sinoloa México
Mum, by Nancy Newberry.
Written by Hannah Booth for The Guardian Weekend Magazine
Nancy Newberry Texasische Trophaen. Writen by Ute Noll for Photographie, Germany
Nancy Newberry Texasische Trophaen. Writen by Ute Noll for Photographie, Germany
Nancy Newberry Texasische Trophaen. Writen by Ute Noll for Photographie, Germany
Photo District News Photo Annual 2013
Written by Manfred Zollner for Foto Magazin, Germany
Written by Manfred Zollner for Foto Magazin, Germany
Written by Manfred Zollner for Foto Magazin, Germany
Photo Raw Magazine, Helsinki, Finland
Photo Raw Magazine, Helsinki, Finland
Written by Hannamari Shakya for Photo Raw Magazine, Helsinki, Finland
Written by Hannamari Shakya for Photo Raw Magazine, Helsinki, Finland
Written by Hannamari Shakya for Photo Raw Magazine, Helsinki, Finland
Written by Hannamari Shakya for Photo Raw Magazine, Helsinki, Finland
Written by Hannamari Shakya for Photo Raw Magazine, Helsinki, Finland
Written by Hannamari Shakya for Photo Raw Magazine, Helsinki, Finland
Written by Hannamari Shakya for Photo Raw Magazine, Helsinki, Finland
Written by Hannamari Shakya for Photo Raw Magazine, Helsinki, Finland

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