Liberty Theater

Mack Books, September 2018
Stephen Bulger Gallery, September 15—October 14, 2018

Teju Cole selects Liberty Theater as one of The New York Times’ Best Photo Books of 2018.

The TIME Photo Department selects Liberty Theater as one of TIME's 25 Best Photobooks of 2018.

In 2018, MACK Books released Liberty Theater, a book of Rosalind Fox Solomon’s images of the American South made in the closing decades of the 20th Century. The book feature more than 60 photographs, selected from a larger body of work that is far-ranging in both its physical and psychic geography.

Never before published as a group, Solomon’s images of the South trace a complex social and emotional inheritance—a world of class and gender divisions, implied and overt racism, competing notions of liberty, and lurking violence. But they also reveal a world marked by paradox, idiosyncrasy, and theatrical display: a Daughter of the Confederacy in costume with a doll from her collection; African American boys examining a vitrine of guns as two white police manikins loom behind them. Poised between act and reenactment, animate and inanimate, these images reveal how history becomes a vernacular performance and identity a form of self-fashioning.