Changing Moods

Changing Moods: Sixty Years in Black and White

Changing Moods: Sixty Years in Black and White collects stunning large-format images of master photographer John Dersham

John Dersham’s breathtaking and inspirational photography is getting its long-deserved recognition in a fitting collection that only he could master. — Randy Grider, executive director, Mentone Arts & Cultural

Changing Moods: Sixty Years in Black and White, John Alexander Dersham’s second book, showcases powerful, haunting black-and-white art photography from six decades of work. Inspired by his teen experience with a simple Kodak box camera and the encouragement of mentors, he has dedicated his life to capturing the physical world through the lens.

Changing Moods chronicles Dersham’s personal growth as a photographer and artist, tracing his work from darkroom to gallery. To achieve exquisite image quality, he relies on elbow grease and old-fashioned methods. Throughout his shooting career, Dersham has awakened before dawn to catch the perfect light, lugging his bulky and complex large-format cameras to locations across the United States. The breathtaking results range from austere and dramatic landscapes to the poignancy of the everyday, revealing a master photographer at work.

John Dersham’s photography career began in 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 book, My Alabama: John Dersham Photographs a State (NewSouth Books,
2019). Today he is a favorite photographer working with the Alabama Tourism Commission in the northern part of the state.

Changing Moods: Sixty Years in Black and White will be available in July 2021 through your favorite local or online retailer. Retailers, contact Ingram Publisher Services (IPS) at 866-400- 5351 or email at, or order via Trade Cloth;
ISBN: 978-1-58838-432-4; 224 pages.

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