Roger May (b. 1975) is an Appalachian American photographer and writer based in Charleston, West Virginia. He was born in the Tug River Valley, located on the West Virginia and Kentucky border, 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 Intercept, Southern Cultures, Huffington Post, Quartz, the Oxford American, Le Monde diplomatique, and others. He has also shared work with the ladies from the Carter County Poetry Society in the big room of the Shoney's in Grayson, Kentucky. In February 2014, he started the crowdsourced Looking at Appalachia project. He 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
2018 - "How to Get Home Again," University of Pikeville, Pikeville, Kentucky
2018- "How to Get Home Again," Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
2017- "How to Get Home Again," Clarion University, Clarion, Pennsylvania
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
Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library - Duke University
© 2008-2018 Roger May.