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Josh Hailey

Although Josh is no longer living in Mississippi, his contributions to the state are worth highlighting.

At his core, Josh Hailey is more than just an artist: he’s a multimedia visionary with the heart of an activist and the spirit of a performer. For well over a decade Josh has helped to anchor an entire artistic community in his home of Jackson, Mississippi, providing fertile spaces for creativity and collaboration to all. In recent years, he’s expanded his gaze, looking outward to the fifty states for inspiration through his newest project: Photamerica, a visual exploration of the grand American patchwork through photography and video, incorporated into both traditional artwork and a mobile, multimedia installation.This project works hand in hand with heARTalot, a philanthropic organization dedicated to the creation of communities of expression, of artistic growth and development, and the empowerment of the creative teachers and leaders of the future.

The Stories

Josh Hailey is Modern! he is an artist with a beautiful soul and wants to inspire. From Jackson, but in NOLA now I believe.

Credit to: C. Lowery

In some ways, Josh Hailey’s career as a photojournalist began when the faculty members in Mississippi State’s art program gave him the keys to the studio. The teachers trusted—expected—him to keep an open mind, use sound judgment and create original pieces in his own time and way.

Hailey took the skillset he cultivated at Mississippi State, along with the Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography he earned in 2003, when he left Starkville to begin his professional career. Nine years later, he founded “Photamerica: The Documentation of the Good, the Bad and the Beautiful USA.”...

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Credit to: Leah Barbour

The fine art video from PhotAmerica

Credit to: Josh Hailey

See the rest of the Mississippi PhotAmerica interviews here.

Credit to: Josh Hailey

I remember the first time I saw Josh Hailey. I was covering the City of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce banquet for the Madison County Journal in 2009. At this suburban hobnob where conformity is king, Hailey was clad in a colorful ensemble and his hair was in dread-locked pigtails. He was supporting Nicole Marquez as she took shaky steps to the podium to speak. Marquez had recently regained her ability to walk after falling from the roof of her sixth-floor New York City apartment building and came to thank the community for its support...

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Credit to: Lacey McGaughlin

Credit to: Josh Hailey

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