Chip Cooper’s photo essay “Alabama Troubadours,” which is a part of the Hoover Public Library’s permanent collection, is showing in conjunction with the performance by the Alabama Troubadours in the Library Theatre on April 20th and 21st. This photo essay is a part of The Alabama Troubadours Project, which joined the genres of music and photography to create a document of Alabama’s unique history and character. The project was commissioned in 1997 by the Hoover Public Library under the direction of recently retired director, Linda Andrews. Veteran singer and songwriter Karren Pell, conceived of the project and chose different sites across Alabama to memorialize as folk ballads, and photographer Cooper was brought into the collaboration to create a visual dialogue with the music and to document these wonderful places.
Chip Cooper was the Director of Photography for the University of Alabama for 33 years and is now Artist In Residence and faculty member in Arts & Sciences at Honors College. He received his BA from the University of Alabama in 1972, followed by post-graduate work in photography from 1972-1973. Cooper has published several photography books and is a past recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He has shown his work nationally and internationally, and his work is in many museums, and private and corporate collections.