John Dersham’s photography career began on November 1, 1960, when he took his first picture with his father’s 1930 Kodak Brownie. From that modest start, his art has continued without pause for six decades. Meanwhile, Dersham made a career in the photography industry, serving in management at Eastman Kodak and its subsidiaries in multiple states for more than thirty years. His last Kodak job brought him to Alabama, where he fell in love with the state’s natural beauty and varied terrain, as well as its people and places.
That affinity for his adopted state inspired his first published collection My Alabama: John Dersham Photographs a State (NewSouth Books, 2019), with a forward by the legendary Alabama athlete Bo Jackson.
Dersham and his wife, Kyle, live on Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne in northeast Alabama. They have two children and two grandchildren.
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In his latest book, John Dersham uses the language of photography to reveal his passion for black-and-white large-format imagery and the visual feast of everyday life.