Maude Schuyler-Clay was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, where she continues to live and work. After assisting William Eggleston in Memphis, she moved to New York City, worked at the Light Gallery, and was later a photo editor at Vanity Fair, Esquire and Fortune. Schuyler-Clay returned to live in the Delta in the late 1980s and was photography editor of the literary magazine The Oxford American from 1999 to 2004. Her work is held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum for Women and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, among others. Schuyler-Clay's books include Delta Land (1999) and Delta Dogs (2014).