"Most of my career has been devoted to photographing a sense of place.
Through the numerous shows and photography books I have done, I have tried to define the South.
I have used landscapes, details, and abstracts, as well as people, to help tell the story. I have just completed a book, Habana Vieja, about Old Havana, Cuba.
Through that process, I discovered that Walker Evans, before he did his famous Alabama work, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, photographed in Havana, developing his style for defining sense of place.
He has been an inspiration for much of my work."
CHIP COOPER - 2011
Chip Cooper was the former Director of Photography for the University of Alabama for 33 years and is now artist in residence in the Honors College, as well as a faculty member in Arts & Sciences.
He received his BA from the University in 1972, followed by post-graduate work in photography.
While working for the University of Alabama, he published the following books: Hunting: The Southern Tradition, Taylor Publishing, Dallas Texas; Alabama Memories, WH Smith, New York City; Silent in the Land & Common Threads, CKM Press, Tuscaloosa Alabama, Crimson: The University of Alabama, Booksmith Group, Nashville Tennessee}; and, most recently, Charlie Lucas, The Tin Man, University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa Alabama.
He recently had a photography exhibition in Havana, Cuba, and one in Alabama with Cuban photographer Nestor Marti entitled "Side by Side." They are finishing a book entitled Habana Veija, (Translation: Old Havana) to be published by Alabama Press in February 2012.
Cooper won an award of excellence for his book, Silent in the Land, from Communication Arts Magazine, and is a past recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He has shown his work nationally and internationally, and his work is in many museums, and private and corporate collections.
UNIVERSITY of ALABAMA