November 4, 2018 - February 17, 2019


Reception & Artist's Talk: January 31, 2019, 5:00-7:00PM

Exhibit Space: Photography Gallery in the Rubenstein Library

Event Space: Holsti Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library, Room 153


Propitious Wind and Rain features photographs made by Tom Rankin in and around the new Duke Kunshan University campus in Kunshan, China, in the fall of 2016. While there, Rankin taught documentary film, participated in campus life, and explored Kunshan neighborhoods on his tricycle, 8x10 view camera in tow. Rankin focused on photographing the social and cultural landscape particularly, “the ways in which culture, business, and daily life are perpetually in negotiation with land and water.”

A photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist, Tom Rankin has been documenting and interpreting American culture for over twenty years. His books include Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993), which received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography; 'Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre': Photographs of a River Life (1995); Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain (1997); and Local Heroes Changing America: Indivisible (2000). He is a Professor of the Practice in the department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Director of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke.


Image Credit: Bacheng Fishmarket, December, 2016 by Tom Rankin