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An Itinerant Photographer’s Diverse Portraits of the Turn-of-the-Century American South

Image: Hugh Mangum

Cross-posted from Hyperallergic.  [by Allison Meier]  Hugh Magnum was a traveling photographer during the early 20th Century whose photos were forgotten and buried in a barn and chicken coop for almost a century.  The images are remarkably contemporary.  From the article: ““Through Mangum’s eyes, we see a diverse citizenry, and we see them depicted with democratic equanimity on the same glass plate negative in side-by-side portraits, which suggests that they waited their turn together, in the same studio at the same time,” Margaret Sartor, an instructor at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, told Hyperallergic.”

An Itinerant Photographer’s Diverse Portraits of the Turn-of-the-Century American South

 

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