The Photography of Donald Bailey (1939-2011)
Overton Park Gallery presented the photography of Donald Earl Bailey (1939-2011), which includes images from his three tours in Vietnam during the war, in November of 2017. The show was organized and curated by Nikii Richey.
“In sorting through the many years of Don Bailey’s work, I found the height of his artistry in the images from Vietnam. It became clear that during his three tours in that country, its people, landscapes and culture, captured his heart. This tapestry of images is an attempt to recreate a powerful connection from 50 years ago. I hope you experience the same sense of discovery, awe, and serenity I had while crafting this show. It was a great honor to do so.” - Nikii Richey, Curator.
Don Bailey was born in Miles, Texas in 1939. His 30-year career as a Navy Corpsman carried him the world over, choosing his final duty station in Millington, Tennessee because he “liked the weather.” Finishing his distinguished career as Command Master Chief Hospital Corpsman, he then went on to serve as the Associate Director of Environmental Health and Safety at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for another 22 years. He finally retired in 2006 passing away less than five years later of a brain tumor. Before his diagnosis, he was planning a trip back to Vietnam – “the beauty of the country was second only to the people.“