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Watershed: Chapter II - The Tennessee River
by Jeff Rich

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Project statement:

This work represents the beginning of the second chapter my series "Watershed." Continuing down the system of watersheds that make up the southeastern quarter of the Mississippi River Basin, this portion of the Watershed project will examine the Tennessee River Basin, a system of rivers that is for the most part controlled and ultimately harnessed by the Tennessee Valley Authority. A government organization started in 1933 that provides flood control, navigation on the rivers, economic development, and finally electric power production. The TVA operates nearly 50 dams in the Tennessee Watershed, as well as 18 power plants, and 3 nuclear plants.


Bio and contact:

Jeff Rich's work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. Jeff explores these subjects by using long-term photographic documentations of very specific regions of the United States. Jeff received his MFA in photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Jeff's project "Watershed: A Survey of The French Broad River Basin" was recently awarded the 2010 Critical Mass Book Award. His work has been featured on Fraction Magazine, as one of Daylight Magazine's monthly podcasts, as well as Photo-Eye's Photographer's Showcase. Jeff was recently named one of the winners of the Magenta Flash Forward 2011 Emerging Photographers Competition.


Jeff is a Savannah, GA, based photographer.
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