Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs, Duke University
and Tom Rankin, Director, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
cordially invite you to an artist’s talk and reception at the opening
The Bathers: Photographs By Jennette Williams
Rare Book Room, Perkins Library, West Campus, Duke University
Thursday, November 12, 2009, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Jennette Williams is the 2008 winner of the biennial Center for Documentary Studies / Honickman First Book Prize in Photography.
The exhibition, in the Special Collections Gallery, Perkins Library, is on view through December 13, 2009. Hours: Monday–Saturday, 9–9 | Sunday 10–9
See Jennette Williams’s online exhibit at http://library.duke.edu/exhibits/williams
Williams’s book, The Bathers, published in winter 2009 by Duke University Press in association with CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies, will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
For more information about The Bathers: http://cds.aas.duke.edu/books/bathers.html
The quad in front of Duke Chapel has been reserved for parking. Additional space is available in the parking deck behind the Bryan Center, off Science Drive.
The Center for Documentary Studies / Honickman First Book Prize in Photography presents the winning book in this important series celebrating American photography.
“What makes for beauty in women? How do we as a society perceive women as they age? I began with what were simple intentions. I wanted to photograph without sentiment or objectification women daring enough to stand, without embarrassment or excuse, before my camera and I wanted my photographs to be beautiful. . . . I drew upon classical gestures and poses of Baroque and Neoclassical painters and utilized the platinum printing process to assure a sense of timelessness, as if the older or ‘normal’ woman has always been a subject of the arts.”