“Still Here: Not Living in Tipis” Book Cover
WALNUT CREEK, CALIFORNIA – Photographer Sue Reynolds’ latest work – a new book and exhibit — has been recognized by U.S. Congressman George Miller for combating cultural stereotypes through fostering new, more accurate perceptions of American Indian peoples.
According to the Congressman’s website, “Sue Reynolds has displayed her commitment to heightening this cross-cultural understanding through her renowned art work. Reynolds’ latest book, “Still Here: Not Living in Tipis”…and its accompanying exhibit serve to illustrate the resiliency of Native people and advance relations between all people.”
The full commendation text can be read here: http://georgemiller.house.gov/native-american-heritage-month
“Still Here: Not Living in Tipis” is the first collaborative photo-poetry book between a white urban observer and reservation Indian. Less than a month after its launch, this vibrantly beautiful volume is already acclaimed and selling well.
Just in time for holiday giving, “Still Here” features over 40 of Reynolds’ stunning images paired with Salish Indian poet Victor Charlo’s powerful poems, immersing readers in old ways and what it means to be Indian today from Native and non-Native perspectives.
A fine arts and documentary photographer, Reynolds is passionate about creating bridges of understanding between Native and non-Native peoples. Her images have appeared in exhibits in San Francisco, Montana and Japan and in publications including Cowboys & Indians, Montana Magazine and Indian Country Today. They are in collections nationwide.
Reynolds has studied with Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana, holds a B.A. in Art History from University of California, Davis, and an M.B.A. from San Francisco State University. She is a fourth-generation Californian, and resides in Walnut Creek. Her images, event schedule, articles and more may be seen at www.susanreynoldsphotography.com
The accompanying “Still Here” exhibit at Photo Central in Hayward, California – another collaborative effort with Charlo — runs through January 12th. Both the show and book are about survival and resurrection in the face of long odds, revealing reservation life, honoring tribal ways that endure and acknowledging that walking in two worlds is hard.