These photomontages, part of the series entitled The Lost Prophets, depict an arcane netherworld set somewhere in the mid 19th century American South. Created in the realm of historical fiction, they portray the forsaken prophets of a lost war, adrift in the destruction of ruined cities, abandoned fields and remote backwoods. Replete with Southern iconography and its symbolism, these collages weave together the prophets’ struggle for survival in the turmoil of war with the hope of the remaining few for redemption and resurrection.

In creating these photomontages I digitally combine elements from historic images with selected pieces from my own photography. Each collage contains approximately one hundred layers which are sized, blended, and merged into a single, large scale image printed onto aluminum.

These photomontages, created from three centuries of photography, explore this mysterious region whose present is as peculiar and as haunted as its past.

- David Knox

This series won a Portfolio Award in the 2019 San Francisco Bay International Photography Awards, and the photograph from this series, The Pigeonnier, won a Gold Award in the competition.

David Knox has traveled throughout the American South documenting the region for 30 years. He specializes in 19th century photo processes and digital collage. His current work combines his photography with historic imagery to create large scale photomontages in the realm of historical fiction. These pieces, through visual storytelling, explore an arcane netherworld set somewhere in the mid 19th century South.

Knox completed his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005 and his work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the South including The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. In 2019 he was awarded the Fine Art Photographer of the Year by the International Photography Awards and his series, The Lost Prophets, won first place in the digital collage category. He was also selected as a finalist in the LensCulture Visual Storytelling Awards. In 2018 he won the Louisiana Contemporary Best in Show and Helis Foundation Art Prize. He has taught continuing education since 1996 and is currently represented by Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans.

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