George Mitchell Photography


Leigh and Cathy

It started in earnest during the summer of 1967, when Mitchell borrowed a 35mm camera from the University of Minnesota and traveled with his wife, Cathy, and a Wollensack tape recorder to document blues musicians in Mississippi. After returning to Minnesota, Mitchell turned the trip into a master’s thesis that also became his first book in 1971,  “Blow My Blues Away”.

In the late ’60s and early 1970s, George Mitchell worked as a reporter in Columbus, Georgia. Under the tutelage of the photographers at the Columbus Ledger, he shot the photographs that appeared with his stories. At the Columbus Times, he was a reporter, a photographer, and later executive editor. During that period, he produced his second book of photographs and text, “I’m Somebody Inportant”.

Mitchell then decided to become a photography teacher, and returned to the University of Minnesota where he studied photography, teaching in both the journalism and art departments. He taught photography in Atlanta at four high schools for a total of 25 years.

Mitchell’s photographs can be found in the permanent collections of the Columbus Museum of Art and museums in Sacramento, California and Utrecht, Holland.


Macon County, Alabama, 1980


Anne Marie


Joe Green and children


McGovern campaign headquarters


Hulbert Paul Stamper


Mary Miller


murmurs the young woman lighting a cigarette to the hooker outside the Majestic in Atlanta posing for a portrait for me.


Auburn Avenue Casino


Ronda, street prostitute


Talbotton, Georgia, 1971


Ronda, street prostitute


Wife of Othar Turner, Como, Mississsippi, 1967


Thomas J. Eiland and son, Brewton, Alabama, early 1970’s


Mrs. Sarah M. Smith, Boutte, Louisiana


Bessie Mae Fair, Ft. Gaines, Georgia


Joe Taylor, 103 years old, Eatonton, Georgia


Kathy Ingram and son Brian


Atlanta, Georgia, 1982


Myra


Eddie Martin


Big Sur, California


Talbotton, Georgia, early 1970’s


Myra


Leigh and Cathy


Leigh at home exiting the bathroom


Leigh and her great grandmother meet for the first and last time


Columbus, Georgia, 1968


Mr. and Mrs. Owen Spurlock and family, Joaquin, Texas


Atlanta flower girl


Mrs. Lizzie Leonard, Woodland, Georgia


Javelja Brown, Talbotton, Georgia, early 1970’s


Mrs. Mary Jane Crane, Mrs. Margaret Oliver, San Augustine, Texas


Talbotton, Georgia 1970


Atlanta, Georgia, 1981

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