Joe Parks, “Slow Roads”–His Latest Book

Speaker Friday, September 30, 2022

A Southerner, born and raised, Jerry is a writer and photographer whose work demonstrates emphatically how deeply his roots have been imprinted upon his soul. Educated at Wofford College and UNC at Chapel Hill, Jerry built careers at Xerox, in the Christian music world, and in book and Bible publishing, finishing each in executive positions. His photography is exhibited in Nashville at Chauvet Art Gallery. His work is collected by several commercial clients and has been published in books, magazines, and newspapers. Jerry published his first book, Slow Roads Tennessee, in October 2015. It became a best seller across the state during that fall. Jerry’s second book, A Tennessee Portrait, was released in October, 2018. His newest project, Slow Roads America, published September, 2021, contains 159 photographs from all 50 states and kept him on the road for three years and 45,000 road miles. All of Jerry’s books are filled with photographs and short stories. He can be contacted through his website,, or directly at

Founding member of the photography salon, SouthLight
Member, Society of Nashville Artistic Photographers
Member, Brentwood Photography Group


Chauvet Art Gallery, formerly The Arts Company, Nashville

Awards, Publications, and Exhibits:
50+ awards, publications, and solo and group exhibitions

Permanent Collections:
Tennessee State Museum
First Bank Corporation
Nashville City Center
Center For Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO
Cumberland Heights
Various private collectors

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