Betty Press, formerly an adjunct Professor of Photography at the University of Southern Mississippi, has been photographing Mississippi for more than 10 years.  Finding Mississippi has been widely exhibited and included in many public as well as private collections.

She is well-known for her photographs taken in Africa where she worked for many years as a photojournalist. In 2011 she published an award winning photobook; I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Proverb.

Her latest project concerns families affected by police violence in Nairobi’s informal settlements. It was selected for Photo Lucida Critical Mass Top 50 2020. They Were Us: Stories of Victims and Survivors of Police Brutality in Kenya is now available on Amazon.

During Covid she started making handmade artist’s books, delving into her extensive archive of photographs for quirky and engaging narratives of place.

Equipment list

Fujifilm X-T20   Mirrorless camera with a 18-55 lens 2.8-4

Iphone 7 plus

Canon Pro Graf Printer 1000 to print the pages of the book.

Betty Press, Photographer
107 S. 21st Avenue

Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401

601 434 3380