Nell Dickerson's passion for preservation began in the early 1970's, when she photographed her grandparents' Mississippi cotton farm. Although she's traveled other parts of the U.S. to obtain degrees and work experience in anthropology, film and architecture for her day jobs, her soul and creative muse remain in Dixie. She is an architect, a Hollywood set designer and a fourth-generation cotton farmer with ties to her family's ancestral land in the heart of the Mississippi Delta.
In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Nell conducted building assessments of some of the region's most historic structures for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Her seminal experience and photos of that tragedy were published in a photo essay, a call-to-arms for conservation of the South's rich architectural traditions.
Nell's photographs have been included in juried and gallery shows around the country. She continues to collaborate with several agencies to preserve, protect, and rebuild the rich culture of the South.
*Author photo courtesy of Dale Pearce
Her Books From BelleBooks/Bell Bridge Books: