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Where You Come From is Gone: Jared Ragland + Cary Norton

FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 26, 2020
Monday - Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM

Reception: Thursday, February 27 | 5-7 PM

Jared Ragland + Cary Norton: Where You Come From is Gone, is on display at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art from February 27-March 26.
Birmingham-based photographers Jared Ragland and Cary Norton photograph native Eastern Woodland sites in the American South for the ongoing series Where You Come From is Gone. Ragland currently serves as Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Judy Genshaft Honors College at the University of South Florida. Norton is a professional photographer whose work has appeared in many publications, including Southern Living, The New York Times, and Smithsonian Magazine.

The exhibition runs from February 27-March 26 at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, and a reception will be held on Thursday, February 27 from 5-7 PM.

The Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art is located at 567 Georgia Street, Demorest. Admission is free, and museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact director Rebecca Brantley at or call 706-894-4201.



Jared Ragland is a fine art and documentary photographer and former White House photo editor. He is the photo editor of National Geographic Books’ The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office and has worked on assignment for NGOs in the Balkans, the former Soviet Bloc, East Africa, and Haiti. In 2015, Jared was named one of TIME Magazine’s “Instagram Photographers to Follow in All 50 States.” He is the recipient of a 2017 Alabama State Council on the Arts fellowship, was awarded third place at the 2017 PhotoNOLA Review Prize for his project, Good Bad People. His first film, SOME MILLION MILES, received the Reel South Short Award at the 2019 Sidewalk Film Festival and is currently featured online by PBS.

His work has been exhibited internationally, with recent shows at New Orleans’ The Front, Candela Books + Gallery in Richmond, Va., the In/Out Transylvania Foto Festival in Cluj, Romania, Birmingham Museum of Art SHIFT space, Mobile Museum of Art, and The National Geographic Society. Jared’s artist books can be found in collections at the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, Birmingham Museum of Art, Chrysler Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, and the Phoenix Art Museum, and his photographs have been featured by Forbes, The Oxford American, and The New York Times.

Jared is an alumnus of LaGrange College and a graduate of Tulane University with an MFA in Photography. He currently serves as Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Judy Genshaft Honors College at the University of South Florida.
For more information, visit or follow @jaredragland.

Cary Norton is a fine art and editorial photographer, camera builder, and beekeeper. In 2009 he received worldwide recognition for building a 4x5” field camera from LEGO blocks, and he is currently at work constructing a custom 16x20” large format camera from locally-sourced lumber and iron.
Cary has worked on long-term assignments in London and Baghdad and worked with NGOs in India, Kenya, and Uganda. In addition to client work for Ford Motor Co., Regions Bank, Verizon and Whole Foods Market, his photographs are in the collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and have been published by Smithsonian Magazine, Southern Living, and The New York Times.

Cary is an alumnus of Samford University, and he resides near his apiary in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama with his wife Stephanie and their two Dachshund rescues, Fin and Munch.

For more information, visit or follow @carynorton.

Specializing in the 19th-century wet-plate collodion tintype process and using vintage large format cameras, hand-crafted chemistry, and a mobile darkroom, Jared Ragland and Cary Norton began documenting the people and landscapes of Alabama in 2016 under the collaborative name GUSDUGGER. The Gus Dugger Saloon was a bar and tobacco shop located at 2114 1st Ave N in Birmingham during the 1880s. The upper floor of the two-story brick building was occupied by a photographer’s studio, and signage on the facade advertised landscaping, enlarging, and tintypes, as well as an art gallery. In 2019, Ragland and Norton were commissioned by the Alabama Bicentennial Committee to serve as artists-in-residence at the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama. Their ongoing project, Where You Come From is Gone, has been exhibited at the Huntsville Museum of Art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans’ Staple Goods, and the University of Central Missouri.