First Edition. Signed.
“The voice of photography rings brave and true in these images, many of which were taken
in Chickasaw County in Northeast Mississippi. Many of these photos date from the sixties
and are beautiful, sometimes disturbing documents about a place where Pat spent his early
years. As a Mississippian and fellow Southerner, I am grateful to Pat for sharing these
images with us.” William R. Ferris, Author of
The South in Color: A Visual Journal.
Reserved Mr. Memory contains 61 color photos (59 film and 2 digital) taken in the South
(half of them in Mississippi) from 1967-2017, plus text. Afterword by William Ferris. 144 pp.,
hardbound, 10.4 x 10.8 inches, printed on fine art paper.
The photos include portraits and landscapes, and touch on childhood, family, old age, music, religion, food, fishing, and folk
art. The text mentions the surprising similarities between the American South and the part of Europe where the author now lives (Lithuania): both places with a strong rural and religious heritage, but poorer than most of their respective continents; both having
sometimes been condescended to as “hinterlands” by the American and European would-be
cultural elites; and both places roiled in recent years by the reshaping of historical memory
and controversies over the removal of historical monuments.
PATRICK MURPHY (William P. Murphy, Jr.) is a native Southerner and lifelong photographer. A
graduate of Yale College and UNC Law School, he lived in Mississippi, Missouri, North
Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee at various times. His father taught law at Ole Miss in the
1950s and early 1960s, and his mother’s family lived in Chickasaw County, Miss. He has lived
and worked abroad the last 25 years, including 18 years in Russia (1994-2012). Since 2012,
he has lived in Vilnius, Lithuania. His photos have been exhibited in various venues in Russia
and Lithuania, including the Moscow Photobiennale.