Walker Pickering is an artist whose photography and transmedia work is concerned primarily with memory and its effects on the psyche. A native Texan, he lives in the Midwest where he teaches photography, video, and bookmaking at the University of Nebraska. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, and is included in a number of private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Wittliff Collection of Southwestern & Mexican Photography.
Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at the Front Room Gallery (New York, USA), the Southwest School of Art (Texas, USA), and Louisiana Tech University (USA), in addition to major group shows at Purdue University (USA), GuatePhoto International Photography Festival (Guatemala), Lishui Photography Festival (China), Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, USA), and Filter Photo Festival Gallery (Chicago, USA). He is the recipient of the 2013 Clarence John Laughlin Award.
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Location: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Telephone: +1 (512) 576-7460
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Esprit de Corps
I joined the high school marching band when I was 14 years old. I’d already been a student musician, but it was this new combination of performing music in motion that affected my perspective and ultimately changed the trajectory of my life. A kind of family formed around me at a time when it was most critical, and through this new structure and discipline, I began to better understand who I was as an individual.
At first glance, it seems these groups should no longer exist. With a decrease in civic engagement over the past few decades, a decline in popularity was poised to follow. But in America, the band became inextricably linked to football, so it persists as anachronism. Even independent marching groups called drum & bugle corps manage to survive and flourish despite the high cost of membership.
With arts budgets under attack in the US, vital programs like these are at extreme risk, especially in less affluent areas where they’re needed most. Marching band isn’t about music or marching, it’s about people learning to pursue a common goal that transcends their own individual efforts.
Photographs inspired by life amongst the oil fields, desert, and canyons of West Texas where I was born.
My hometown of Orange, Texas rests squarely between the American Deep South and Texas, and as such, feels like a place unable to fully identify with either region. I come from a family of Southerners — mostly Mississippians and Alabamians. It was my own lack of a distinct regional identity that piqued an interest in visiting the places that might have made me a true Southerner, had I been raised there. I spent almost a decade wandering the region in search of an understanding of what I'd missed out on. The results were unsurprising and beautiful.