NPR’s popular photography blog, “The Picture Show,” recently featured five photographers included in the Oxford American magazine’s “Visual South Issue,” which identified the “most talented and thrilling up-and-coming artists in the South.” The first installment of NPR’s series, “Unseen Scenes of Guantanamo,” focused on Center for Documentary Studies instructor Christopher Sims’s photography project at the remote U.S. military installation in Cuba. The online feature included photographs from Sims’s 2006 and 2010 visits to document everyday life at the base and its controversial prison as well as an interview with the photographer.
Work from this project was also recently published in Contexts and South X Southeast magazine and was previously the subject of features in the Washington Post, the BBC World Service, Daylight Multimedia, and Flavorwire.
Sims teaches in both the undergraduate and continuing education programs at CDS and designs and manages websites for CDS and its projects. His most recent exhibitions include shows at SF Camerawork, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Houston Center for Photography, the Light Factory, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. In 2010, he was selected as the recipient of the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers. He is represented by Ann Stewart Fine Art in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Civilian Art Projects in Washington, D.C., and Clark Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts.