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Guide to the Peter Goin Photographs, 1991-1992

Abstract

Photographer and professor of art at the University of Nevada, Reno, whose work has focused on the interactions between humans and nature, particularly human-altered landscapes.

Collection consists of black and white photographs, negatives, and color photographs on the theme of the interactions and the connections between people and the natural world, and the way people manage, perceive, and represent "nature." The images were taken by photographer Peter Goin from 1991-1992 while he was Artist-In-Residence at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. They were shot in various locations, predominantly in North and South Carolina and Virginia, but also in Alabama, Georgia, central Florida, Arizona, California, and Tennessee. There is also one image from Nevada. A selection of these images was published in the book, Humanature, published by University of Texas Press in 1996, and the project also generated a traveling exhibit by the same name. The photographs often depict altered and artificial landscapes featuring beaches, canals, farm fields, rivers, managed forests, prescribed burns and reforestation sites, zoos, and other places. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts, Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Goin, Peter, 1951-
Title
Peter Goin Photographs, 1991-1992
Language of Material
English
Extent
6.0 Linear Feet, 447 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection consists of black and white photographs, negatives, and color photographs on the theme of the interactions and the connections between people and the natural world, and the way people manage, perceive, and represent "nature." The images were taken by photographer Peter Goin from 1991-1992 while he was Artist-In-Residence at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. They were shot in various locations, predominantly in North and South Carolina and Virginia, but also in Alabama, Georgia, central Florida, Arizona, California, and Tennessee. There is also one image from Nevada. A selection of these images was published in the book, Humanature, published by University of Texas Press in 1996, and the project also generated a traveling exhibit by the same name. The photographs often depict altered and artificial landscapes featuring beaches, canals, farm fields, rivers, managed forests, prescribed burns and reforestation sites, zoos, and other places. Locations in North Carolina include Durham, the NC Zoological Park, Duke Forest, the Carnivore Preservation Trust, Outer Banks beaches, the Chatooga and Nantahala Rivers, and the mountains near Highlands, NC.

Color prints are 16x20" in size; black and white working prints are 8x10". The 4x5" negatives have been numbered sequentially from N1-N126 (some numbers absent) and the matching prints have been numbered accordingly. There are also "orphan" photographs and negatives numbered: CB31, CG32, N135, N136, N139, N141, N145, N149, N150, N160, N162, N163, N165. There are also a few images not found in the collection but which have captions in a notebook of information assembled by the photographer; these are given at the end of the collectioon guide. The full text for all captions as well as additional information about the project can be found in the notebook pages housed in Box 5.

Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts, Duke University.

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Contents of the Collection

Negatives Series, 1991-1992

(1 box; 147 4x5" negatives)

Contains a mostly complete collection of negatives taken of various locations documenting the interaction of humans and nature. While a large majority of the collection's black and white and color prints have corresponding negatives, about ten of these corresponding negatives are absent. The full text and identifying numbers for all captions as well as additional information about the project can be found in the notebook pages housed in Box 5.

[Original negatives are restricted to use. Whenever possible, corresponding prints should be used. For more information, please contact a reference archivist.]

Negatives N1-N46, N48-N60, N62A-N75C, N78-N85, N87, N89-N94, N96, N98-101, N103-N111, N113-N118, N120-N126, N135L-N136R, N139, N141, N145-N145A, N149-N150, N160, N162-N163, N165, CB31, CG32
Box 1

Prints Series, 1991-1992

(5 boxes; 259 8x10" prints)

Corresponding negative numbers are marked on reverse side of prints. There are several prints with identification numbers CB31 and CG32. Original captions have been retained; ellipses indicate additional text in long captions that has not been included. The full text for all captions as well as additional information about the project can be found in the notebook pages housed in Box 5.

Black and White Working Prints

(3 boxes; 146 8x10" prints)
Horsepasture River near Highlands, NC: Abandoned and water-reclaimed road, national forest

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 2 Print N1
Audubon Swamp near Charleston, SC...
Box 2 Print N2
Hollyberry Lake, NC: Overgrown and abandoned spillway near Highlands, NC

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 2 Print N3
Hollyberry Lake, NC: Overflow drain at lake near Highlands, NC

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 2 Print N4
Man-made flies
Box 2 Print N5
Duke Forest: Overgrown erosion gully
Box 2 Print N6
Artificial sand dune with fan at North Carolina Museum of Life and Science

One negative and one black and white print; no color print

Box 2 Print N7
Outdoor "toilet" along Horsepasture River
Box 2 Print N8
Tulip poplar monoculture established after clear-cutting national forest near Highlands, NC

One negative and one black and white print; no color print

Box 2 Print N9
Cut tree and overgrown stump near bridge to Horsepasture River, NC
Box 2 Print N10
Fabric-draped tree along Horsepasture River, NC
Box 2 Print N11
Human-made tree for North Carolina Zoological Park, made by zoo designer Louis Bradley...

(2 prints)

Two slightly different versions of the same print; negative only corresponds with one print.

Box 2 Print N12
Man-made rocks at black bear exhibit, NC Zoological Park

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 2 Print N13
Man-made armature for rocks at wolf landscape, NC Zoological Park (see N116)
Box 2 Print N14
Future site of prairie dog landscape at NC Zoological Park

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 2 Print N15
Albino rainbow trout: Walhalla National Fish Hatchery and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Box 2 Print N16
Stop sign and kudzu covered trees in winter with approaching winter storm near Georgia-NC boundary
Box 2 Print N17
Abandoned and overgrown road three miles from Chatooga River, NC
Box 2 Print N18
This creek is measured and drains into the Chatooga River, NC
Box 2 Print N19
Students in Parks and Recreation class from Clemson University...
Box 2 Print N20
Firewood Tree Totem at secluded creek near Transylvania County Line, NC
Box 2 Print N21
[uncaptioned]

N22 doesn't have a caption in the folder, but there are negatives and prints with this identification.

Box 2 Print N22
Black walkway across Nantahala River, NC

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 2 Print N23
River markers, Nantahala River, NC
Box 2 Print N24
Dry Falls, NC (near Highlands): Falls and Fence

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 2 Print N25
Boundary marked trees near Highlands, NC

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 2 Print N26
Man-made falls at Sequoyah Lake and dam, Highlands, NC...

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 2 Print N27
Plastic fern grove in national forest near Highlands, NC
Box 2 Print N28
...Two views of helicopter stocking of Chatooga River...stocking one year old rainbow trout...

(2 prints)

Box 2 Print N29A-B
Judaculla Rock covered with gazebo near East Laport, NC...
Box 2 Print N30
..."H-7 shack" on Howard Creek within the Bad Creek Hydro-electric power station in North Carolina...two Duke Power employees, John Garton (right) and Allen Nicholson (left) observe...
Box 2 Print N31
Revegetation field called Spoil Area 5 within the Bad Creek Power station. It is planted with sawtooth oaks, red and white clover, and sericea...
Box 2 Print N32
"Caution-Avoid" sign at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
Box 2 Print N33
...Two hunters, Eric Sellers (left) and Niel Morgan are waiting for their dogs to return after hunting "bear and boar" in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
Box 2 Print N34
Chimp climbing tree (see N12)
Box 2 Print N35
Carving, or weathering, man-made rock
Box 2 Print N36
Human-made tornado at NC Museum of Life and Science...

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 2 Print N37
Beach wall, Ft. Fisher, south of Kure Beach, NC (man-made rocks, including brick debris, concrete)

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 2 Print N38
Sea wall, south of Wrightsville Beach, NC...
Box 2 Print N39
End of the road, ocean damage north of Surf City, NC
Box 2 Print N40
Abandoned pier building, ocean damage, north of Surf City, NC
Box 2 Print N41
Lenny Olivaros and Juan Angel Gomez planting a water oak (quercus nigra) in waterfowl area next to human-made swamp at NC Zoological Park
Box 2 Print N42
Lenny Olivaros (L) and Juan Angel Gomez carrying (planting) Laurel Oak (quercus laurifolia) into waterfowl area next to human-made swamp at NC Zoological Park. Robert Evans, the project foreman, is directing

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 2 Print N43
Bob McCandless and helpers are "shooting" cement onto rock forms in the desert area of the North American Landscape section of the NC Zoological Park
Box 2 Print N44
Numbered Trees in Duke Forest (rainy day)...
Box 2 Print N45
Sign in Duke Forest...
Box 2 Print N46
Arbor at Roanoke Island within Ft. Raleigh National Historic Site...
Box 2 Print N48
(Sand colored) large sandbags positioned to act as seabreak in front of Cape Hatteras lighthouse

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 2 Print N49
Discarded Christmas trees in parking lot of picnic area at Ft. Macon...
Box 3 Print N50
"Shooting" cement onto artificial rocks at grizzly exhibit at NC Zoo ("unshot" rocks in foreground)

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 3 Print N51
Welding work (inside armature) for rocks at grizzly exhibit...

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 3 Print N52
Orange fences mark "nature areas" at NC Zoo
Box 3 Print N53
Four women who work at the NC Zoo in the design department...
Box 3 Print N54
Human-made Peregrine Falcon nest within a steep rock face at Lake Jocassee reservoir area, upstate South Carolina...includes three views...the nest and two views from different distances of the workmen

(3 prints)

Three black and white prints and negatives but only one color print N55 which matches black and white print N55A.

Box 3 Print N55 and N55A-B
...These two photographs are from the town of Ellenton. The front steps of the school are still visible under the growth. The front porch of Dr. Lucius Bailey's house is all that remains...

(2 prints)

Two black and white prints and negatives but only one color print N56 which matches black and white print N56A.

Box 3 Print N56A-B
"Wildlife Food Plot" sign from the Duke Power Company

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 3 Print N57
Wild turkey, largemouth bass, wood duck, and white-tailed deer waiting for final painting and customer pick up, McKinsey Wildlife Taxidermy, Anderson, SC...
Box 3 Print N58
Prescribed burn of longleaf pine forest within Sandhills State Forest near Cheraw, SC

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 3 Print N59
Accidental burn along roadside of longleaf pine forest within Sandhills State Forest near Cheraw, SC
Box 3 Print N60
Two views of wild turkey trapping operation in Florence County, SC...

(2 prints)

Two black and white prints and negatives but only one color print N62 that matches black and white print N62A.

Box 3 Print N62
...Called the "artificial," "fake," "phony," or "dummy" deer by the public, the decoy was the direct result of more than 377 deer poaching citations...
Box 3 Print N63
...Called the "artificial," "fake," "phony," or "dummy" deer by the public, the decoy was the direct result of more than 377 deer poaching citations...
Box 3 Print N64
Numerous views of active burn conducted at Peachtree Rock Preserve by Nature Conservancy personnel in South Carolina...

(2 prints)

Only one negative present, matching one black and white print and one color print; one black and white print matching one color print with no negative equivalent; three color prints with no black and white print or negative equivalent.

Box 3 Print N65
Portrait of burn personnel...

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 3 Print N66
The day after the prescribed burn. Originally, discarded Christmas trees were placed in this drainage area to arrest erosion
Box 3 Print N67
The day after the prescribed burn...working to eliminate a smoldering stump...
Box 3 Print N68
Hydro-seeding restored landscape. Owen Parton is using a high-pressure hose to apply fertilizer, lime, a mixture of clover and fescue grass seed with mulch
Box 3 Print N69
Erosion control at Coon Branch, Duke Power Co. property. Rock lined drainage designed to prevent silt from clogging the Whitewater River
Box 3 Print N70
Power House and Pilot Tunnel

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 3 Print N71
Discharge or tail-race tunnel with human-made rock walls, Duke Power Co....
Box 3 Print N72
Red silt in drainage ditch, Duke Power Co.
Box 3 Print N73
Lone tree in clear-cut area after recent reforestation effort near Emporia, Virginia
Box 3 Print N74
...Numerous views of Virginia Beach City beach restoration and maintenance, 1992. Beach site is at Atlantic and 35th Street access...

(2 prints)

Negatives present for A-C, however only black and white prints B and C present and only color prints A and C present.

Box 3 Print N75B-C
Artificial landscape at 22nd and Pacific Avenue (Jungle Golf), Virginia Beach, VA

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 3 Print N78
Walk-ramp and rain gauge at flow-through marsh, east side of Pool B, Kissimmee River system
Box 3 Print N79
The Kissimmee River channel denied water flow to the oxbow portions of the historic (or prior) river...

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 3 Print N80
Weir #3, Kissimmee River...
Box 3 Print N81
Hunter's camp and hog's foot at Oak Hammock along the historic section of the Kissimmee River
Box 3 Print N82
Rope swing at hunter's camp, Oak Hammock, Kissimmee River

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 3 Print N83
...Weir #2 in front of "Charlie" bombing range...

(3 triptych prints)

Box 3 Print N84L-R
Camp Yahoo north near Weir #3 along Kissimmee River...
Box 3 Print N85
Dave Darrow, Wildlife Biologist, at the Highway 60 check station for the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area bordering Lake Kissimmee, central Florida...
Box 3 Print N87
...Recreational boats at Silver Glen Springs, Ocala National Forest and Lake George, central Florida (near Orlando)

(3 triptych prints)

Box 3 Print N89L-R
Parking area construction for public beach access #4 Onslow County, NC...
Box 3 Print N92
24 Hour dredging and beach restoration operation, Topsail Beach, NC

Two color prints but only one black and white print and only one negative.

Box 3 Print N93
"Buried Telephone Cable" flags along Topsail Beach, NC
Box 3 Print N94
...Hamster courtesy of Pet Mania, Durham, NC
Box 3 Print N96
Best general view of North Potato Creek Falls and cement truck, Ducktown, Tennessee
Box 3 Print N98
...Early reforestation trees near Ducktown
Box 3 Print N99
...Tennessee Chemical Company mining tower view of landscape looking towards Copperhill, Tennessee. Restoration pine now covers the landscape

(2 diptych prints)

Prints labeled 100L and 100R while negatives labeled N100 and N100A.

Box 4 Print N100L-R
The Burra Burra Mine caved in fifty years ago, leaving a massive (and dangerous) water-filled pit...
Box 4 Print N101
Burnt kudzu vines and telephone wires, Copperhill, TN
Box 4 Print N103
Dormant kudzu covered landscape, Copperhill, TN
Box 4 Print N104
Roadkill. The possum, the only marsupial in North America...
Box 4 Print N105
Male Eld Deer (Thai) on urine collection platform, National Zoo Conservation and Research Center, Front Royal, Virginia
Box 4 Print N106
Male Eld Deer (David) with Linwood Williamson, Wildlife Technician, in outdoor yard, National Zoo Conservation and Research center, Front Royal, Virginia
Box 4 Print N107
...This photograph documents one of the artificially inseminated Eld Deer (Vanessa) on the weighing platform with Linwood Willimason and Dennis Hosack...
Box 4 Print N108
...This photograph documents young binturongs (Arctictis binturong, Southeast Asia) eating fruit against the chain link fence...
Box 4 Print N109
Nancy Schonwalter, member of the core staff at CPT, frames a jaguar...
Box 4 Print N110
The Orange County , NC jail was moved to the carnivore trust's grounds to provide the required cage strength for Declaudine, a Malayan Sun Bear...
Box 4 Print N111
Dr. Michael Bleyman, founder of the Carnivore Preservation Trust, plays with Romeo and two female tigers, Marci and Charlotte...
Box 4 Print N113
Overgrown black leopard cage at CPT
Box 4 Print N114
Feeding fruit to tayra (Galera barbara)...
Box 4 Print N115
Rock nearly completed at Zoo (see N14)
Box 4 Print N116
Drain in swamp at NC Zoo
Box 4 Print N117
Steve Runnfeldt, Assistant Design Technician, mixing paint for rocks at desert area, NC Zoo

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 4 Print N118
Human-made rocks, NC Zoo (see N51)

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 4 Print N120
Rephotographs of Virginia Beach during Memorial Day weekend: (letters coincide with N75A-C)

(3 prints)

Three negatives and three black and white prints but only one color print (N121C).

Box 4 Print N121A-C
View looking south from top of Thunderbird Hotel, Virginia Beach, during Memorial Day weekend

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 4 Print N122
Kudzu and wire along Intersate Highway 40 west of Durham, NC

One negative and one black and white print; no color print.

Box 4 Print N123
...Kudzu and snake(s) along NC Highway 421 west of Winston-Salem

(2 diptych prints)

Box 4 Print N124L-R
Geer Cemetery 1877-1944, Durham, NC

(2 prints)

Two negatives and two black and white prints; no color prints.

Box 4 Print N125A-B
Kissimmee River Research Project Model Study at the University of California at Berkeley, CA...Roger Manley poses to indicate the scale
Box 4 Print N126
...This company-owned residential district, now abandoned, was named the Stargo townsite...

(2 diptych prints)

Box 4 Print N135L-R
...The Clifton-Morenci Pit, one of the largest open-pit copper mines in North America...

(2 diptych prints)

Box 4 Print N136L-R
A tailings plateau near Miami, Arizona
Box 4 Print N139
Pseudoliths along road near Clifton, Arizona...
Box 4 Print N141
Waterfall at Pinal Creek
Box 4 Print N145
Pipes at Pinal Creek at Globea dn Miami, Arizona
Box 4 Print N145A
...Three-acre, enclosed ecological system in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson Arizona...Biosphere 2...
Box 4 Print N149
The Pacific Ocean at Cabrillo National Monument at San Diego, California
Box 4 Print N150
Workers from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps use a water-blaster to clean graffiti off rocks along a tributary to the West fork of the San Gabriel River in the Angeles National Forest...
Box 4 Print N160
Painted rocks and engraved trees along the West fork of the San Gabriel River in the Angeles National Forest, California
Box 4 Print N162
Toxic Nation, Angeles National Forest
Box 4 Print N163
Heavy smog over the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles, California
Box 4 Print N165
Watering the sand at Palm Desert, California
Box 4 Print CB31
A boy in red fishes in the stagnant water on the other side of the Rye Patch Dam in north-central Nevada after the final 800-acre feet of water was drained for irrigation, 1992
Box 4 Print CG32

Color Prints Subseries

(2 boxes; 113 16x20" color prints)

Color prints are marked on reverse with corresponding negative numbers. Captions for images found only in the color series and not in the black and white prints series are given below. Otherwise, captions for color prints duplicated in the black and white prints series are found there.

Color Prints N2, N5-N6, N8, N10-N11, N14, N16-N21, N24, N28, N29A-N36, N39-N42, N44-N46, N48, N50, N53-N56, N58, N60, N62-N64 (captions are listed in black and white prints series)
Box 5 Print CG32
Numerous views of active burn conducted at Peachtree Rock Preserve by Nature Conservancy personnel in South Carolina...

(5 prints)

Only one negative present, matching one black and white print and one color print; one black and white print matching one color print with no negative equivalent; three color prints with no black and white print or negative equivalent

Box 6 Color Print N65
Color Prints N72-N74 (captions for these prints are listed in black and white prints series)
Box 6 Color Print N65
...Numerous views of Virginia Beach City beach restoration and maintenance, 1992. Beach site is at Atlantic and 35th Street access...

(2 prints)

Negatives present for A-C, however only black and white prints B and C present and only color prints A and C present

Box 6 Color Print 75A-C
Color Prints N79, N81-N82, N84-N85, N87, N89L-N89R (captions are listed in black and white prints series)
Box 6 Color Print 75A-C
Boy Scout Troops 401 and 447 earning their canoe merit badges at Buck Lake, Ocala National Forest, Florida...

One color print and one negative but no black and white print

Box 6 Color Print N90
Public beach access structure north of Surf City in Onslow County, NC

One color print and one negative but no black and white print

Box 6 Color Print N91
(caption is listed in black and white prints series)
Box 6 Color Print N92
24 hour dredging and beach restoration operation, Topsail Beach, NC

(2 prints)

Two color prints but only one black and white print and only one negative

Box 6 Color Print N93
Color Prints N94, N96, N98-N101, N103-N111, N113-N117, N121C, N124L-N124R, N126, N135L-N136R, N139, N141, N145-N145A, N149-N150, N160, N162-N163, N165, CB31, CG32 (captions are listed in black and white prints series)
Box 6 Color Print N93

Houses pages from a notebook of information assembled by the photographer, which describes the project "Humanature," and is accompanied by a full list of captions. Captions given in the section below are taken from notebook, and represent images from Humanature that are not in the collection.

Notebook pages, undated
(1 folder)
Box 5
Numerous views of Virginia Beach City beach restoration. These views represent the dredging and bulldozing near 7th along the Boardwalk...

Caption is listed in the notebook for this item, but no negative, black and white print, or color print is present

Box 5 Caption N76
Beach restoration project for Virginia Beach City; Lynnhaven Inlet Sand Stockpile and truck loading operation

Caption is listed in the notebook for this item, but no negative, black and white print, or color print is present

Box 5 Caption N77
Pool A, small oxbow denied running water after the channel was completed in 1971...

Caption is listed in the notebook for this item, but no negative, black and white print, or color print is present

Box 5 Caption N86
Two-spot West African Palm Civet poses for the camera...

Caption is listed in the notebook for this item, but no negative, black and white print, or color print is present

Box 5 Caption N112

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Peter Goin Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Peter Goin Photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase from 1992-1994.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Warren, December 2011

Encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico and Matthew Warren, December 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 1992-0014, 1993-0114, 1994-0088

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.