Upcoming Slideshows/Book Signings with “One Place” Editor Tom Rankin

Grocery store, 1978. Photograph by Paul Kwilecki.

Grocery store, 1978. Photograph by Paul Kwilecki.

Tom Rankin, editor of the acclaimed One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia, will be speaking about the book at two upcoming events in the Triangle area. One Place was published in April by the Center for Documentary Studies in partnership with the University of North Carolina Press as part of the Documentary Arts and Culture Series. While Paul Kwilecki (1928–2009) ranks among the most important American documentary photographers of the twentieth century, he is also one of the least well known. The self-taught artist was born and lived his entire life in Bainbridge, Georgia, running the family hardware store, raising a family, and documenting life in his community with hundreds of black-and-white prints. “I know of no single body of images with a reach and resonance to match what Paul did in Decatur County,” says Rankin. One Place includes more than two hundred of Kwilecki’s images as well as selected prose, musings on the people and places depicted in his photographs.

Wednesday September 18, 7 p.m.
The Burwell School Historic Site
319 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, North Carolina
Hosted by the Hillsborough Literary Association

Tuesday September 24, 12:30 p.m.
Donovan Lounge (Room 223), Greenlaw Hall 
University of North Carolina Campus
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Part of the Center for the Study of the American South’s brown bag lunch seminar series What’s Up Down South hosted by CSAS associate director William Ferris.

View a multimedia slideshow on Kwilecki and One Place below, narrated by Tom Rankin. Click here for a feature story and slideshow that appeared on the New York Times photography blog, Lens.

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