Ken Murphy’s Book: Jackson

A reception and book signing for the newly released Jackson book was held at the Eudora Welty House and Garden Museum last week.  I was not able to attend since I was off having a trip to lovely Italy, but am fortunate to have a roving reporter/photographer friend who graciously sent me her photos from the event – (thanks so much to Jeanne Luckett)

Jackson is a 183 page photography book by Ken Murphy…

reception and book signing at Welty Museum

The foreword is by John Evans, owner of LeMuria books in Jackson…

John Evans owner of LeMuria

Through this photographic tour, Lemuria wishes to share the tangible beauty of Jackson. While Jacksons culture is rooted in the past, the city is evolving with many major enhancements and physical changes in the making. This book may serve as the last documentation of what is as we move into what will be. Often referred to as “the Crossroads of the South,” Jackson is the transept of our state, physically and emotionally, with vibrant festivals, restaurants and bars and good small local businesses that are digging in to preserve and grow our citys integrity.”

It is fitting that Ken Murphy take on the capital city as he has spent fifteen years capturing the beauty of Mississippi in photographic books. While working in Jackson, he captured most of the suggested subjects. However, there were times when Ken couldnt imagine a beautiful photograph. It was Kens photographic expertise that guided the books development. We know we might have left out a favorite of yours, but please know that we tried to touch on the most vibrant and interesting aspects of Jackson. The success of Jackson is for you to judge.”

We hope that, through the efforts of small business and the support of their patrons, Jacksons culture is preserved and evolves for generations to come. And to all Greater Jacksonians and Mississippians, consider this book as a symbol of what is good about Jackson.”

Four different cover choices are available and our favorite is, of course, the Eudora Welty House…

Ken Murphy's Jackson book

I love the way it looks all lit up – you don’t see it that way very often!

It seems as if everyone enjoyed coming out for the reception – Chase Wynn was serving up the libations…

Ken Murphy's Jackson book

Lee Ann Bryan and Bridget Edwards, both from the Welty House Museum, enjoying visiting with John Evans from LeMuria…

Ken Murphy's Jackson book

it’s not a party in Mississippi without tomato sandwiches…

Ken Murphy's Jackson book

Mary Alice Welty White, Eudora’s niece, with Jean Medley and our photographer for today’s post, Jeanne Luckett…

Ken Murphy's Jackson book

and of course Suzanne Marrs, Miss Welty’s biographer, with her husband Rowan…

Ken Murphy's Jackson book

I missed the celebration but went by today to collect my copies of the book.  I have briefly looked at it and am already loving it.  If you do not have your copy yet proceed directly to the Welty Visitor’s Center or LeMuria Books to retrieve one…

dog retrieving

you’ll be glad you did!

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