mARTIN J. DAIN
OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI, 1961-63
Photographer Martin J. Dain was one of the few who photographed author William Faulkner at Rowan Oak, the writer’s home in Oxford. A selection of those images are compiled in a traveling exhibit, “Faulkner’s World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain,” on display at the Evelyn Gandy Cultural Center, 3rd floor Gulf Coast Library, Gulf Park campus through May 9.
The photographs of Martin Dain provide a unique journey into the world of William Faulkner. Taken between 1961 and 1963, Dain’s photographs portray Faulkner at home as well as provide a comprehensive look at the people and cultural traditions that inspired him.
On his first visit to Oxford in 1961, Dain made numerous photographs of the town and the surrounding rural Lafayette County, the inspiration for the author’s fictional Yoknapatawpha County. Dain returned in 1962 to photograph Faulkner’s funeral and made additional images of Lafayette County.
The exhibition opened at the University of Mississippi in 1997 and traveled for two years as part of the Faulkner Centennial Celebration. It had an encore tour in 2007 in conjunction with the Mississippi Reads project administered through the Mississippi Library Commission, and is once again available, this time for libraries, museums, and cultural centers in Mississippi and surrounding states.
“Faulkner’s World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain” was curated and produced by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture in Oxford.