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 Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, National Geographic, ESPN, Huffington Post, 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,” West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

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



2019 - Juliet Art Museum Invitational, The Clay Center, Charleston, West Virginia (March 21 - June 16)

2016 - "Southern Icons, A to Z," (A is for Appalachia) SlowExposures, Pike County, Georgia

2015 - Looking at Appalachia, traveling exhibit

2014 - Picture Books: Featuring a Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks From The Indie Photobook Library, Power Plant Gallery, Durham, North Carolina



Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library - Duke University



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