The Jefferson County Photography Project
by Photographers: Benita Keller (Project Director), C. Mason, Jessica Hartman, Joanna Pecha, Carl Shultz, Rip Smith, Frank Robbins and The Art and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County
The Jefferson County Fair, an old vcitorian house, pigs, kids on a school bus, Lucky's Bait and Tack Shop, John Brown's hanging, May Day Queens, black snakes, a graveyard, and boyscouts cutting a flag; just a few of the subjects photographically interpreted by seven photographers working on "The Jefferson County Photography Project" from July 2009 trhough May 2010. The project, supported by a grant through The Art Alliance and Humanities of Jefferson County, was director by photographer, Benita Keller. The project with photo workshops was designed to promote the art process of black and white film photography in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Photographers in the project were Jessical Hartman, Joanna Pecha, C. Mason, Benita Keller, Carl Shutlz, Rip Smith and Frank Robbins. Proceeds from the sale of this book go to AHA to advance another photograhy project.
Benita Keller is a freelance photographer and artist. She accepts commision assignments that fit into her style of photography. She accepts wedding commissions but only shoots black and white film, prints the images herself and does not have an assistant take her photographs. She will only accept weddings that the photographs can fit into her on-going project of "The Wedding As Ritual". Keller was the director of The Jefferson County Photography Project. She has been photographing for 25 years. She has received many great awards and is in the archives of The National Musuem of Women, Washington, DC. Her portfolios includes the nude, landscapes, portraits, photojournalism, and work from Vietnam, Haiti, Cuba and Africa. Benita Keller has taught as an adjunct at various colleges and universities for 20 years and accepts private students and hold private workshops in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. You can see more of her work at trailerandtrash.com and benitakellerphotograhy.com.