Photographer and architect Nell Dickerson began her exploration of antebellum homesteads with encouragement from her cousin-in-law renowned Civil War historian and novelist Shelby Foote. Her passion for forgotten and neglected buildings became a plea for preservation.
“Gone makes history even as it documents history. Its images of antebellum Southern churches, plantations, and homes—some dilapidated, some just barely restored—ought to remind Southerners of the need for preserving the finest monuments of, and to, our complicated history.” – Allen Mendenhall
BIO The preservation of southern culture informs Nell Dickerson’s photography. She grew up in the deep South where antebellum ruins sparked her historic preservation passion. She documented that passion in two commercially successful photography books:
GONE: A Photographic Plea for Preservation (Belle Books) debuted in 2011 as #1 on Amazon’s lists for both Photography and Architecture books.
PORCH DOGS (John F. Blair Publisher) debuted in 2013 as #1 on Amazon’s list for both Photography and Animals. In 2014, Porch Dogs won both an Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award™ and a Gold Medal. It also won a Bronze Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Nell’s photographs are exhibited in juried and gallery shows throughout the U.S. and in Europe. To fund her photography, she maintains parallel careers in art direction/set design for movies and project management for architecture.
Nell obtained her first BA degree in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Two years later, she obtained a BFA in Film and Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. After a ten-year career working in Hollywood, Nell went back to school for her Masters of Architecture from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
2018 marks Nell’s 10th year with PhotoNOLA. She is honored to exhibit at Gallier House during this fantastic photography celebration.
Built in 1831, Hermann Grima House at 820 St. Louis Street is a beautiful example of Federalist and Creole architecture. Gallier House built in 1857 at 1132 Royal Street gives a glimpse into the Victorian lifestyle....