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Chip Cooper


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Chip Cooper, former Director of Photography for The University of Alabama for 33 years, is now Artist-in-Residence in the Honors College. He received his BA from the University in 1972, followed by post-grad work in photography. While working for the University he was published in Horizon Magazine, Antique Monthly, Antiques & Fine Arts Magazine, Newsweek, and many other publications.

Cooper’s photography books include: Hunting in the Southern Tradition [Taylor Publishing- Dallas, Texas], Alabama Memories [ WH Smith-New York City];  Silent in the Land & Common Threads [CKM Press- Tuscaloosa, Alabama], Crimson-The University of Alabama [ Booksmith Group Nashville, Tennessee}; Charlie Lucas-The Tin Man [ University of Alabama Press- Tuscaloosa Alabama]; Habana Vieja, Old Havana [University of Alabama Press]. Cooper won an award of excellence for his book Silent in the Land from Communication Arts Magazine and is a past recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He has shown his work nationally and internationally and his work is in many museums, private and corporate collections.

Cooper and Julio Larramendi exhibited their photographs of Campesinos of Cuba in Rome by invitation from the Vatican in 2015 and their book CAMPESINO Inside the Soul of Cuba will be published by University of Alabama Press in winter 2017.

Harper Lee, author of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, said of Cooper, “you are a very great American photographer plus Georgia O’ Keefe rolled into one. O’Keeffe because you have her eye. You paint with film.”