Maude Schuyler Clay is a photographer from Greenwood, Mississippi. She attended the University of Mississippi and the Memphis Academy of Arts. She moved to New York, working for a gallery and several magazines there, until her return to Mississippi in 1987. Her photographs have been published in a book called Delta Land. The book was published in 1999 by the University Press of Mississippi. In 2014, a second book entitled Delta Dogs, was published. A third book, published in 2015, is called Mississippi History, and focuses on the people of the state.
Clay was the photo editor for The Oxford American magazine from 1998 to 2002. In 2008, she was a Visiting Artist at Yale University. She was the recipient of the Mississippi Arts and Letters Awards for photography in 1988, 1992, and 2000. She was the recipient a grant from the Mississippi Art Commission in 1998.
Her photographic work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The London Observer Magazine, Mothers and Daughters, Women Photographers, and others. Her work is on permanent display t the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Museum for Women. She currently lives in Sumner, Mississippi.