Tamara Reynolds is a documentary photographer whose unyielding eye considers what it means to be human in today’s society. In particular, her work focuses on the lives of those who are usually unseen. Her goal as a photographer is to be “curious, fearless and compassionate.” Prior to her current work in documentary photography, Reynolds was a commercial photographer for 25 years and a pioneer as a woman in the business. Her work has appeared in many national publications including Rolling Stone, Forbes, the New York Times Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, and has been part of numerous national advertising campaigns.
An installment in our weekly photography series, Eyes on the South
Tamara Reynolds’s series, The Drake, documents with arresting clarity the community in and around the Drake Motel in Nashville, Tennessee, a city block populated by what she calls the “resentfully tolerated.”
In “A Town Under Trial,” from our Spring 2017 issue, reporter Nick Tabor relates how an unsolved 1994 double murder continues to haunt a small town in southwest Kentucky. To capture Oak Grove and its trailer parks and “commercial strips of liquor stores, topless bars, and cash-advance shops” familiar to military towns across the country, we enlisted Nashville-based photographer Tamara Reynolds, who was already familiar with the area. Her images convey the tenuous, transitory nature of habitation and commerce in Oak Grove and the unavoidable influence of the military-industrial complex on life there.