Shane Lavalette is an professional photographer, who was born in 1987 in Burlington, VT and currently based in Upstate New York. He is also the founding Publisher/Editor of Lavalette, and the Director of Light Work. Shane recieved his BFA rom Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His editorial work has been published in various magazines, including The New York Times Magazine,The New Yorker, Newsweek, Esquire, Bloomberg Businessweek, Vice Magazine, The Wire, Wallpaper*, among others.
Having grown up in the Northeast, it was primarily through traditional music—old time, blues, gospel, etc.—that I had formed a relationship with the South. With that in mind, the region’s rich musical history became the natural entry point for my work. I was not interested in making a documentary about Southern music today, but desired to explore the relationship between traditional music and the contemporary landscape through a more poetic lens. Moved by the themes and stories past down in songs, I let the music itself carry the pictures.