Vennie Deas Moore is a genealogist, cultural historian, and fine and folk arts professional from South Carolina with over thirty (30) years of experience. Born and raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Deas Moore has been a first-hand witness to its ever-changing cultural landscape of the community. Through her writings, research, and documentary photography; she has become one of the foremost experts in southern folk and fine arts and cultural history. Ms. Deas Moore follows in the traditions of Zora Neale Hurston and Dorothea Lange, among others; through her impactful and powerful stories using prose, literature, interviews and images.
As a documentary photographer, Vennie Deas Moore connects stories and images. Some of her initial work was studying 1930’s photographers/writers such as Julia Peterkin, Zora Neale Hurston, Doris Ulmann, Dorothea Lange, and Walker Evans. Inspired by the stories of people in the era of the Great Depression, she connected with photographs of the faces of subjects who often were nameless.
Today, Deas Moore focuses on people within their environment through their shared cultural and natural landscapes.
During the 1980s, Vennie was a research specialist in Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 1984, she left Charleston to work in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University in Cancer Research. It was at GWU where she was “bitten by the folk-life Bug”. While at George Washington University she studied American Studies. Her background in clinical research and culture led her to investigate the connections between Southern Lowcountry herbal remedies and its connections with African remedies and medicinal customs.
Later, she returned to South Carolina working for the University of South Carolina as a guest curator at campus-affiliated McKissick Museum. There she became a folk life photographer and writer. She has published numerous articles and books, notably Home: Portraits from the Carolina Coast. The book title for which this blog site title is based.
Ms. Deas Moore is now providing content for the public through blog writings, photography and independent research.