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Guide to the Amanda Berg photographs, 2014-2015

Summary

Collection comprises seven panoramic color photographs measuring 17 x 34.5 inches, whose central panels portray older women who worked in manufacturing and are now retired or laid off; images set along each side of the portraits feature the sites where they once worked. The images were taken by documentary journalist Amanda Berg in five North Carolina locations - Banner Elk, Fayetteville, Lumberton, Massey Hill, and Newland - in 2014 and 2015. They form part of the multi-artist project "Where we live: a North Carolina portrait." Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11112
Title
Amanda Berg photographs
Date
2014-2015
Extent
1.0 Linear Feet, 7 items; 17 x 34.5 inches
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials are in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises seven panoramic color photographs measuring 17 x 34.5 inches, whose central panels portray older women who worked in manufacturing and are now retired or laid off; images set along each side of the portraits feature the sites where they once worked. The images were taken by documentary journalist Amanda Berg in five North Carolina locations - Banner Elk, Fayetteville, Lumberton, Massey Hill, and Newland - in 2014 and 2015. They form part of the multi-artist project "Where we live: a North Carolina portrait," funded by the Annenberg Foundation and directed by photographer Alex Harris.

The photographer writes: “As I reflect on the history of documentary photography, my photographs in this exhibition call attention to the evolution of the camera and possibilities of digital art. The resulting panoramas invite the viewer to project their own story into the frame, while considering the relationship between industry, identity, gender, and social mobility in North Carolina.”

The collection was acquired as part of the Archives of Documentary Art at Duke University.

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

Contents of the Collection

Center: Ginger Phelps at work in Massey Hill, 2015. Sides: Technimak, molding supplier, in Fayetteville where Ginger performed quality control.
Box 1
Print RL11112-P-01
Center: Mable Moses outside her home in Lumberton, 2016. Sides: Converse plant in Lumberton where Mable worked on the production line for 34 years.
Box 1
Print RL11112-P-02
Center: Cynthia Ramsey at home in Newland, 2015. Sides: The site of US Textile Corporation, hosiery manufacturers, in Newland, one of multiple local factories where Cynthia stocked vending machines.
Box 1
Print RL11112-P-03
Center: Louise Gibson Griffin in her shared room at the Highland House assisted living facility in Fayetteville, 2015. Sides: The site of Victory Mills in Massey Hill where Louise worked as bookkeeper.
Box 1
Print RL11112-P-04
Center: Patricia Hoilman at home in Newland, 2015. Sides: The site of US Textile Corporation, hosiery manufacturers in Newland, where Patricia bagged socks and dried yarn.
Box 1
Print RL11112-P-05
Center: Rosa Lee Steele at home in Massey Hill, 2015. Sides: The fan factory in Fayetteville where Rosa sanded fan blades on the production line.
Box 1
Print RL11112-P-06
Center: Carolyn Bureson at home in Banner Elk, 2015. Sides: International Resistive Corporation in Newland, where Caroline coiled resistors and worked in the shipping department, one of three jobs that made up Carolyn’s 54-year manufacturing career.
Box 1
Print RL11112-P-07
 

Historical Note

Amanda Berg is a documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work explores the boundaries of identity formation. A former Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow at the Center for Documentary Studies, and Alexia Foundation Grant recipient, Amanda is currently a staff photographer at the Patriot News/PennLive in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Provenance

The Amanda Berg photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in January 2016.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by: Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, January 2016.

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2016-0010.

Other Notes

The panoramic digital color prints measure 17 x 34.5 inches, and were printed on Museo Silver Rag paper.