MISSISSIPPI DELTA LANDCAPE
TRUE GOSPEL PREACHED HERE (Vicksburg, Mississippi)
A celebration of the creative and spiritual work of Reverend H.D. and Margaret Dennis. This elderly couple in Vicksburg, Mississippi devoted more than 20 years of their lives to transforming Margaret’s former Grocery Store into a one-of-a-kind nondenominational church. The Reverend’s signs announced: “Welcome Jews and Gentiles. The True Gospel Preached Here”.
Bruce West holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from The Pennsylvania State University. For more than 30 years, he has maintained a dual career as a photographic artist and educator. His creative work in photography has received numerous awards and recognitions including fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation for the Arts, and The Polaroid Corporation.
West exhibits his photographs widely throughout the United States and Europe. Recent exhibitions include The God Factor Project at the Mosteiro Sao Martinho De Tibaes in Braga, Portugal; Mississippi Photographs at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana; Acts of Faith at The Noorderlicht Photofestival in Groningen, The Netherlands; and Recent Acquisitions in Photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. His photographs are included in public and corporate collections such as The Library of Congress, the Saint Louis Art Museum, The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum Ludwig, and the Paine Webber Corporation. West was a featured speaker at the Midwest Conference of the Society for Photographic Education, the Delta Blues Conference at Arkansas State University, the National Conference of the Society for Photographic Education, and the Mississippi Celebration at the Mississippi Art Museum. West has conducted visiting artist presentations and workshops at numerous institutions including the University of the United Arab Emirates, Washington University, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Truman State University. Recent publications include photographic essays in the spring 2009 and winter 2010 issues of Southern Cultures (The University of North Carolina Press), For From About James T. Whitehead (Moon City Press), The Next Generation: Contemporary Expressions of Faith (William B. Eerdmans Publishing), and The True Gospel Preached Here (The University of Mississippi Press).
The True Gospel Preached Here, a collection of 62 color photographs, documents the creative and spiritual work of Reverend H.D. and Margaret Dennis, an elderly couple in Vicksburg, Mississippi who devoted more than 20 years of their lives to transforming Margaret’s former Grocery into a one-of-a-kind nondenominational church. Outside the Grocery, the Reverend posted signs announcing: “Welcome Jews and Gentiles. The True Gospel Preached Here”.