There are the barbecue pitmasters who practice a craft passed down through generations.
There are the musicians who spend decades honing their craft, playing in clubs and bars nearly every night.
There are the dives that no Beale Street tourist would venture to, and whose patrons would never venture to Beale Street.

These are the people of Memphis, the people whose drive and passion we have captured in our photographs. They live in a city of rundown buildings, decaying infrastructure, and abandoned developments. Their hands may be dirty from work, and they may stay up too late, but if you don’t judge them, they won’t judge you.

More photos and essays from our time in Memphis at

More on Eric Gales, his music, and tour dates at

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