Roger May (b. 1975) is an Appalachian American photographer and writer based in Pipestem, West Virginia. In addition to his photographic work, he is the director of the Appalachian South Folklife Center. He was born in the Tug River Valley, located on the West Virginia and Kentucky state line, in the heart of Hatfield and McCoy country. His photographs, essays, and interviews have been published by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, National Geographic, The Oxford American, Le Monde diplomatique, Photo District News, and others. In February 2014, he started the crowdsourced Looking at Appalachia project. May speaks about his work, about the visual representation of Appalachia, and photographs on commission. He blogs at Walk your camera.
Testify: A Visual Love Letter to Appalachia. Horse and Buggy Press (Durham). 2014.
Miner Pride. Self-published edition of 25. 2014
2016 - "How to Get Home Again," University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia
2016 - "Being of These Hills," Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee
2015 - "Being of These Hills," Berea College, Berea, Kentucky
2016 - "Southern Icons, A to Z," (A is for Appalachia) SlowExposures, Pike County, Georgia
2014 - Looking at Appalachia, traveling exhibit
© 2008-2017 Roger May.