Papa Caffery, Debbie Fleming  (American, b.1948)

In Debbie Fleming Caffery’s Papa the combination of the low tones, the ‘smoky’ subject matter and matte black ink convey a mystery and spirit that epitomize the syntax of photogravure.⁠ Caffery collaborated with Renaissance Press and Howard Greenberg Gallery in the production, which Greenberg claims was so difficult that they almost gave up.⁠

Debbie Fleming Caffery is an American photographer known for her documentary work of Louisiana. Emotional and mythic vision pervade Caffery’s captivating images. Her photographs are poetic stories that capture the mystery and spirit of the people and places she encounters. Caffery is most comfortable in the shadows, drawn to movement, pattern, and deep tonality – making photogravure an ideal medium to translate her vision.