Adam Shemper

1975
Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

2009
Graduated California Institute of Integral Studies, MA in Counseling Psychology

2004
Graduated UC Berkeley, School of Journalism, MJ in Magazine Writing

1997
Graduated Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, BA in Photography &
American Studies



Solo Exhibitions


2024 "Light in These Hills: Oxford, Mississippi." Prospect Gallery, Hattiesburg, Mississippi [opens November 2nd]


2007 “Many People are Seeking.” California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco


2002 “Sardis Lake.” Southside Gallery, Oxford, Mississippi

2001 “Sardis Lake.” Driskel Gallery, The Schoolhouse Center. Provincetown, Massachusetts

2001 “Junkyard.” Barnard Observatory Gallery, University of Mississippi, Oxford

2000 “Airport People.” The Schoolhouse Center, Driskel Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts

2000 "Airport People.” Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, Massachusetts

1999 “Junkyard.” C.W. Woods Gallery, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg

1998 “Junkyard.” Thornes Art Gallery, Northampton, Massachusetts

1998 “Jews of Mississippi.” A Gallery, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

1998 "Junkyard." The Schoolhouse Center, Driskel Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts

1997 “Junkyard.” Saenger Center Gallery. Hattiesburg, Mississippi

1997 “Junkyard.” Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts



Group Exhibitions

2023 “Blessed Unrest” Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, California

2015 “Microworks” A.P.E. Ltd Gallery, Northampton, Massachusetts

2013 “Cruel and Unusual/PPOTR” Reportage Photography Festival. Sydney, Australia

2012 “Cruel and Unusual/PPOTR” Noorderlicht Gallery, Groningen, The Netherlands

2012 “Cruel and Unusual/PPOTR” Photoville Festival NYC. Brooklyn, New York

2004 “Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self” International Center of Photography, New York


2002 "Art of the Photograph." Walker-Kornbluth Art Gallery, Fair Lawn, New Jersey. 

2001 “Selected artists.” The Schoolhouse Center, Driskel Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts

2000 “30th Anniversary Exhibit.” Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts

1999 “Carried to the Heart: Faith and Doubt in Contemporary Southern Art & Literature” Lewis Art Gallery, Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi


Publications

2023 Turning Words: Transformative Encounters with Buddhist Teachers, Hozan Alan Senauke; Shambhala. Portrait of Joanna Macy

2020 A Wild Love For the World, edited by Stephanie Kaza; Shambhala. Portrait of Joanna Macy

2020 The Guardian. Portrait of Sarah Broom

2019 The Washington Post. Portrait of Sarah Broom

2019 The Paris Review. Portrait of Sarah Broom

2016 West Marin Review. “On the Day of Our Engagement, Tomales Bay, California, November 22, 2010,” photograph


2015 The Shambhala Sun (now Lion’s Roar). Portrait of Joanna Macy

2012 Brink Magazine. “Bart Entrance, Corner of 16th and Mission Street, San Francisco,” feature photograph & image illustrations


2011 The New York Times, Lens. “Focus on Prison Photography,” photo from “Portraits of Invisible Men: Photographs from the Louisiana State Penitentiary”


2011 Exposure. Portrait of Jerome Liebling

2011 Oxford American Magazine. “Barry Hannah in the World,” story & photograph

2010 East Bay Express. Cover photograph of dancer Katie Faulkner

2009 Mother Jones Magazine. “Portraits of Invisible Men: Photographs from the Louisiana State Penitentiary,” photo-essay


2008 O at Home: An Oprah Magazine. Portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly


2008 Memphis Magazine. Portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly

2006 Mother Jones Magazine.“Still Big in Japan,” story

2005 Oxford American Magazine. “Waiting for Condi,” story

2005 Salon.com. “The Execution of Stanly Tookie Williams,” photographs & story

2004 Time Magazine. “Best Bookstore: Eslite in Taipei, Taiwan,” story & photograph

2004 Time Magazine. “An Anonymous Cry,” story

2004 San Francisco Chronicle. “Stan’s World,” photographs & story

2003 San Jose Mercury News. "Taipei Night Life," travel photo-essay

2003 Salon.com. “Baghdad’s Shame,” photographs & story

2003 Oxford American. “Sardis Lake, Mississippi,” photo-essay


2003 Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft, Janet Burroway; Penguin Academics. Image from "Airport People" series 

2001 DoubleTake, Special September 11th edition. “Airport People,” photo-essay

2001 DoubleTake. “Bradley International Airport, Hartford, Connecticut, 1999,” cover & inspiration for “Music for Airports” with story by Charles Baxter


2000 Oxford American, A Painted House, contributing cover and photographs for six issues (March-August 2000)


1999 Oxford American, “Other People’s Children,” story & photographs


1999 Mississippi Folklife, "Man with Homemade Jukebox, Sardis, Mississippi," photo


1998 Oxford American. “Our Junkyard,” photographs & introduction


1998 Pakn Treger. “Mississippi Jews,” cover & photo-essay


1997 The Photo Review.  "Junk-hauler Unloading, Hattiesburg, Mississippi," photographs



Film & Television

2016 13th, Netflix.
Photograph from “Portraits of Invisible Men: Photographs from the Louisiana State Penitentiary” in Ava DuVernay’s Academy-Award nominated documentary.

2000 CBS Early Show with Bryant Gumbel. Photographs, originally published with John
Grisham’s serialized book The Painted House in the Oxford American magazine, were part of an accompanying montage for an interview with the writer.