My Alabama–Portrait of a State

photography by John Dersham opening May 18 and on exhibit through June 29. John’s reception will be held Friday, June 1 from 5–7pm.

John Dersham is President/CEO of DeKalb Tourism. John and his wife Kyle selected DeKalb County as their place to call home after John completed a 30 year career in management at Eastman Kodak Company. John and family (two children Jennifer and Jad) lived in the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast during John’s Kodak tenure. John and Kyle have two granddaughters, Tristan 17 and Aris 9. They live in Fort Payne.

John has enjoyed a lifelong passion for photography. John majored in photography and marketing at the University of Missouri and was the school yearbook photographer from junior high school through college. Kodak became a natural fit for John’s education and personal passion. Through the years John has become an exhibiting fine art photographer with solo and group shows throughout the country. In the 1990’s John’s work was part of the interior design in Kodak facilities nationwide. John has had an ongoing darkroom everywhere he has lived for more than 50 years. John has taught fine art photography classes for the University of Alabama in Birmingham, he has hosted dozens of photography workshops and is currently holding weekend workshops for Jacksonville State University, Alabama State Parks and for Camera Clubs throughout the southeast.

John has a passion for beautiful scenery and a love for the outdoors. DeKalb Tourism became a perfect place for John to share his enthusiasm for such a beautiful place to live and to visit.

John is also a writer, of which he writes a weekly column for the Fort Payne Times Journal. He writes articles and provides photography to a host of magazines and tourism publications throughout the Southeast. John has book called Fort Payne Postcard History which is published by Arcadia Publishing. John is currently working on a coffee table photography book called “My Alabama-portrait of a state”. It is scheduled for release by New South books sometime in 2018. John is past President of the Alabama Association of Destination Marketing Organization and past Chair of Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. He serves on multiple committees and boards throughout Alabama, mostly related to tourism or economic development. He was appointed by Governor Bentley of Alabama to serve on the Alabama Byways advisory board