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© Dylan Yarbrough

Truth and Trope

Artist: Dylan Yarbrough

Project: A Southern Myth

Description: In a region so heavily loaded with cultural tropes and stereotypes, sometimes the most important—and most difficult—question one can ask is which, if any, are true? Dylan Yarbrough grew up in Little Rock, and felt personally affected by the South’s complicated, ever-shifting sense of identity, its influence of family and tradition, faith and spirituality, history and inheritance. In the resulting photographs of his project, A Southern Myth, Yarbrough searches for the visual markers of these influences, assuming a photographic language where “‘myth’ is used as a poetic device to narrate a struggle for both the artist and the region to maintain a sense of identity.” In a mix of large format and 35mm images, Yarbrough tours the streets and sidewalks of Arkansas, noting the subtle and not-so-subtle textures and messages of that place. Viewed in succession, Yarbrough’s photos identify moments of contrast and connection between his home’s more authentic identity and the dubious labels often thrust upon it.

Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dylan Yarbrough

Dylan Yarbrough is an emerging contemporary photographer from Little Rock, Arkansas. Dylan is currently a Graduate Student at Columbia College Chicago seeking an MFA in Photography. He works as the administrative assistant to the Diane Dammeyer Fellowship and is a History of Photography teaching assistant. More of his work can be seen at and on Instagram at @dylanyarbrough.