Timothy Hursley’s career has centered around photographing contemporary architecture. His photographs of the Rural Studio span twenty-five years and are chronicled in three books by Princeton Architectural Press. Hursley is currently focusing on industrial structures, main streets, and funeral homes in the rural South. His home is in Little Rock.
A photo essay from the Place Issue.
In his trips to Arkansas Delta towns like Helena and Wilson from his home in Little Rock, Timothy Hursley, one of the world’s most prominent photographers of architecture, became fascinated with the structures known as Muskogee houses, huge storehouses of cotton seed that fill and empty with the farming cycles of the crop.
In his striking interior and exterior glimpses of the funeral industry in the rural South, Timothy Hursley’s photos feature shots of errantly parked hearses, casket showrooms, ranks of carved granite, and portraits of rusted silos and warehouses that look, too, by nature of their juxtaposition, like rows of planted headstones.