CDS Students Help Curate a New Photo Exhibit on Traditional Labor in North Carolina

Brothers Ray and Walter Davenport, from Tyrrell County, have fished the Albemarle Sound for more than fifty years. Photograph by Cedric N. Chatterley.

Students in a recent Center for Documentary Studies continuing education class helped curate an exhibit of renowned photographer Cedric Chatterley’s work, which will open on April 29 at the Durham County Library. “We wanted to raise the curtain on the practical, hands-on tasks of creating and mounting an exhibit,” says folklorist and curator Liz Lindsey. “It’s hard but thrilling work to tell a good story.” Lindsey and Joy Salyers, interim director of the North Carolina Folklife Institute, taught the spring course, Mount a Real Documentary Photography Exhibit.

Opening reception
Sunday, April 29, 3 p.m.
Durham County Public Library
300 N. Roxboro St., Durham, North Carolina

North Carolina at Work: Cedric Chatterley’s Portraits and Landscapes of Traditional Labor, which will run through June 29, features images of working North Carolinians, from apple pickers to oyster harvesters to preachers and cooks, and explores the relationship between work, place, identity, and community. North Carolina at Work will be the first exhibit drawn from a photo archive of some thirty-thousand images, Chatterley’s among them, held jointly by the North Carolina Folklife Institute (NCFI) and the North Carolina Arts Council. The archive is managed by NCFI, which has documented and preserved traditional arts and cultures in the state for almost forty years.

NCFI receives support from the National Endowment of the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Visual Resources Association Foundation, and others. North Carolina at Work and this original collaboration between NCFI and the Center for Documentary Studies is supported by a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

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