CDS Extends “One Place” Run: Paul Kwilecki’s Black-and-White Photos from Decatur County, Georgia

Bainbridge High School Band, Willis Park, 1976. Photograph by Paul Kwilecki.

Bainbridge High School Band, Willis Park, 1976. Photograph by Paul Kwilecki.

One Place, our exhibit of black-and-white photographs by self-taught artist Paul Kwilecki, has generated a lot of interest, so much so that we’ve extended its run into the fall, after which it will travel to the Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, Florida, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art at the University of New Orleans. (Click link above for slideshows.)

One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia
Through October 5, 2013, at the Juanita Kreps and Lyndhurst Galleries
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina

This collection of photographs features images from a critically acclaimed book of the same name, edited and with an introduction by former Center for Documentary Studies director Tom Rankin and published this April by CDS in partnership with the University of North Carolina Press. In addition to more than two hundred images, the book also includes Kwilecki’s written descriptions and musings about the people and places he depicted in photographs taken in and around his hometown of Bainbridge, Georgia. Kwilecki developed his visual ideas in series of images of high school proms, prison hog killings, shade-tree tobacco farming, factory work, church life, the courthouse. “I don’t make pictures to decorate walls,” Kwilecki said. “I make them to shed light in dark corners.”

The Paul Kwilecki Photographs and Papers Collection is held in the Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University.

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