We will meet in the South Main District at Memphis's oldest restaurant, The Arcade, experience some Elvis history, get acquainted, start taking photos. The history of the neighborhood dates back to the 1800's and many of the old buildings have survived. One in particular has served as a church, pharmacy, beauty parlor, brothel and presently a haunted juke joint. Now a thriving arts and entertainment neighborhood, we will learn how several tragedies and triumphs has played such a vital role in it's existence. Along the way we will meet some local characters, take photographs in unique settings, including the many colorful murals, each with its own story from the past. We will walk past the site where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968, now the National Civil Rights Museum. Just two blocks to the east we will head to my favorite vantage point on a high bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Of the countless stories I know about Ol Man River, will discuss the Civil War, the largest maritime disaster in US history in 1865 and a few from modern day. All along the way, I will be capturing your experience in photographs!
I am a native Memphian who has worked as a photojournalist for over twenty years. My assignments have taken me to dozens of countries on four continents shooting pictures for publications around the world. However, there is only place I call home, Memphis. I love to share my city's rich history and culture with friends and visitors. I live downtown and am fortunate to know so many many of the colorful characters that make up the fabric of this diverse city. My memories as a child, stories handed down from my ancestors, and the experiences I have lived, are all rooted here in Memphis, TN.
You will receive an email within 48 hours with a link to 15-20 select edited and toned images. They are yours to keep!
It's a step back in time from the start. Locals gather once a month on trolley tour night when all of the area art galleries host receptions. A haunted juke joint with a seedy past also awaits. Beautiful architecture represent an array of styles. Even the manhole covers on the streets have stories to tell. Murals, public art, boutique shops and eateries will overload your senses. Although often unknown to tourists, the area is rich with culture.
Wear comfortable shoes and a smile. We will be taking lots of photos.
The experience is limited to 6 people. There may be other guests with us. Private tours are available. In the event of rain or bad weather, you will have the option of a refund or rescheduling.
Memphis South Main Photo Experience