Photography

The State of Things
11:04 am
Wed May 7, 2014

A Snapshot Of A Nazi

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 book cover
Credit harpercollins.com

  

It was a photograph of two women at a table, one in a dress and one in a suit, that inspired Francine Prose's latest novel. The suited woman is Violette Morris, a French athlete turned Nazi collaborator. Mixing history with fiction, "Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932" (HarperCollins, 2014), imagines Morris' life through multiple narrators.

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Tue April 8, 2014

My White Friends

MG, Chicago, Illinois, 2009.
Myra Greene

Photographer Myra Greene spent years taking self portraits exploring her own black identity. But after sharing these photographs with a friend, she realized that not everyone thinks about race as much as she does. 

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Photographing Father Divine

Kristin Bedford

Photographer Kristin Bedford spent five weeks living with the followers of Father Divine and learning about their religion. She photographed their lives. Her exhibit, The Presence of Father Divine, has been postponed.

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The State of Things
10:30 am
Tue February 18, 2014

[PHOTOS] Theater Of Belief: The Ritual Of Masking Across The Globe

Akata Dance Masqueraders in Ogoja, Nigeria
Phyllis Galembo Phyllis Galembo

When people don masks and costumes in the United States, it is often for Halloween or to root for their favorite sports team. But in Africa and the Caribbean, masking carries a much deeper meaning.
 

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Photographer Documents Workboats Of The Core Sound

Photograph from Larry Earley's new book Workboats of Core Sound, published by UNC Press.
Lawrence Earley Photography

For decades the primary industry of the Core Sound was the fishing industry which used workboats. Although the fishing business in the area has declined, workboats remain a source of social memory for residents there. 

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Photography Exhibit Explores American Consumer Culture

Retail Store
Brian Ulrich

  In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, then-President George W. Bush gave a speech encouraging Americans to boost "participation and confidence in the American economy."

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Wed May 8, 2013

The Complex Identities Of Some Of America's Most Famous Black Men

Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities

Have you ever thought of Jay-Z having multiple personalities? There's Jay-Z, Sean Carter, Hova, and Jigga. And they're all wrapped up inside one black man. In Mark Anthony Neal's latest book "Looking For Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities," he explores the complex identities of figures like Jay-Z, Avery Brooks and Luther Vandross (NYU Press; 2013).

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Photographer Spends Forty Years Capturing Rural County

The cover of One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia. Edited and with an introduction by Tom Rankin, coedited by Iris Tillman Hill.
Credit http://documentarystudies.duke.edu

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Many photographers in this day and age seek to capture as many worlds as they can in their lifetime. Paul Kwilecki did all of this while staying in Decatur County, Georgia for over four decades.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Photographer Explores Artifice Of Nature In New Exhibit

Abandoned Pier Building North of Surf City
Peter Goin: Humanature petergoin.com

Photographer Peter Goin thinks nature isn’t all its cracked up to be, and he’s not sure just how natural it really is. He has an exhibit up at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University called “Humanature. It’s a collection of photographs documenting the ways in which humans shape and create nature, and it explores ideas about the nature of reality and artifice. Host Frank Stasio talks to Peter Goin, a professor of art in photography and videography at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Project Follows A Year In The Life Of The Durham Bulls

"Bull City Summer," by Sam Stephenson
Credit samstephenson.org

Yesterday was the first home game for the 2013 baseball season at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and fans gathered to watch the heroic Bulls defeat the Gwinnett Braves.

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