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Guide to the Rachel Boillot photographs, 2014-2018

Summary

Collection comprises two portfolios by documentary photographer Rachel Boillot: "Después del dia: Migrant Farmworkers in North Carolina," portraits of farmworkers from across the state of North Carolina, their families, and their residences, and a few shots of workers in the field; and "Moon Shine," portraits of traditional musicians and their families from the eastern Tennessee Cumberland Mountains region, along with images of their residences, interior settings, towns, and natural landscapes. The "Después del dia" work forms part of the multi-artist project "Where we live: a North Carolina portrait." There are 116 color pigment inkjet prints in the collection as a whole, ranging in size from 23x27 to 14x19 inches. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11113
Title
Rachel Boillot photographs
Date
2014-2018
Extent
6.5 Linear Feet, 4 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials are in English.

Collection Overview

Collection comprises two portfolios by documentary photographer Rachel Boillot: "Después del dia: migrant farmworkers in North Carolina," and "Moon Shine," formerly titled "Silent Ballad," an exploration of Tennessee Appalachian mountain life, culture, and musical traditions. The two series comprise 116 color pigment inkjet prints, 54 in "Después del dia" and 62 in "Moon Shine," scanned from 4x5 inch and 120mm negatives. They range in size from 14x19 to 23x27 inches, with the majority measuring 20x24 or 21x25 inches.

The images in "Después del dia" were taken from 2014-2015 as part of the "Where We Live: A North Carolina Portrait" project. They document the lives of migrant farmworkers and their families across the state of North Carolina. Most were taken at their homes, and feature interior as well as exterior settings, but there are a few images of workers in the field. As the photographer writes, "This look at the dwelling places of migrant farmworkers is ultimately my exploration of how one creates a home while residing in a transient state of being." The "Where We Live" Photographic Fellowship was funded by the Annenberg Foundation and directed by photographer Alex Harris.

In "Moon Shine," Boillot turns her focus to traditional musicians living in Tennessee's Cumberland Mountains region. The original title of this project was "Silent Ballad." While the majority of the images are portraits of fiddlers, banjo players, guitarists, ballad singers, and their families, there are also images of towns, roads, theaters, markets, cabins and houses, interiors of rooms, and natural landscapes, including some taken in state parks. Most of the images were taken in Tennessee, but there is one portrait of noted fiddler Clyde Davenport taken in Monticello, Kentucky, near the Tennessee border, and several taken near the Virginia border.

"Moon Shine" was supported by a post-graduate fellowship by the Riverview Foundation of Chattanooga, Tennessee, in partnership with Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, and Cumberland Trail State Park's Music Heritage Project. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two photographic bodies of work, Después del dia and Moon Shine. Después del dia is further subdivided into exhibit prints and master prints.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Rachel Boillot photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Moon Shine, 2014-2018

3.0 Linear Feet, 2 boxes, 62 inkjet prints

"Moon Shine," formerly known as "Silent Ballad," comprises 62 images taken by Rachel Boillot of old-time musicians and their families living in or near the Cumberland mountains of Tennessee.

The photographs, taken with a large-format 4x5 camera, were made along the mountain roads between Signal Mountain and Cumberland Gap, tracing the Cumberland Trail corridor in East Tennessee. Subjects include fiddlers and a fiddle maker, banjo players, guitarists, ballad singers, and musicians' spouses. One image captures participants in a Cherokee song ritual performed at the Fall Creek Falls Festival near Spencer. Settings include old homesteads and new residences, interiors, a music hall and a theater. There are also landscapes of the tri-state area of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee, including several of Sequatchie State Park near Pikeville. Tennessee communities pictured include Knoxville, Harriman, Harrogate, Jamestown, Oak Ridge, LaFollette, Lenoir City, Rockwood, Spencer, Norris, and Whitleyville. Later prints include images taken on the Virginia border. There is one portrait of noted fiddler Clyde Davenport at his home in Monticello, Kentucky, near the Tennessee border.

The project also inspired a photobook, to be published in 2019, and a documentary film titled In that Valley of Gold.

The color pigment inkjet prints measure 20x24 and 21x25 inches (image size approximately 16x20) and were created in 2016 from scans of 4x5 inch and 120 mm color negatives. They were printed on Museo Silver Rag paper.

Cumberland Mountain State Park, Crossville, TN
Box 1
Whitleyville, TN
Box 1
Geraldine Sharp at the Sharp family reunion in Pickett State Park, Jamestown, TN
Box 1
Evelyn Sharp, Jamestown, TN
Box 1
Jean Horner's glasses, Rockwood, TN
Box 1
Jean Horner in his fiddle shop, Rockwood, TN
Box 1
Banjo-pickin' David West's old homeplace, Powell, TN
Box 1
Charlie McCarroll, Harriman, TN
Box 1
Cherokee ritual and song, performed at Fall Creek Falls Festival, Spencer, TN
Box 1
Ciderville Music Hall, Powell, TN
Box 1
Leaving my trailer, LaFollette, TN
Box 1
Wade Hill's swimming pool, Knoxville, TN
Box 1
Laurel Theater, Knoxville, TN
Box 1
Head of the Sequatchie Valley State Park, Pikeville, TN
Box 1
David West's old homeplace, Powell, TN
Box 1
Photograph of ballad singer Curtis Byrge at age 9. Oak Ridge, TN
Box 1
Charlene, Family Day at the Head of Sequatchie Valley State Park, Pikeville, TN
Box 1
Clyde Davenport and his wife Lorene, leaving Jamestown, TN
Box 1
Jamestown, TN
Box 1
Curtis Byrge at the Oak Ridge flea market, Oak Ridge, TN
Box 1
Eugene Hensley, Jamestown, TN
Box 1
Whitleyville, TN
Box 1
Norris, TN
Box 1
Whitleyville, TN
Box 1
Guitar-pickin' Charlie Higgens, Coalmont, TN
Box 1
Fiddlin' Tom McCarroll at home with Buckaroo guitar, Lenoir City, TN
Box 1
Head of the Sequatchie Valley State Park, Pikeville, TN
Box 1
Clyde Davenport's "Pioneering Mountaineer" at his new home in Monticello, KY
Box 1
Family Day at the Head of Sequatchie Valley, Pikeville, TN
Box 1
Whitleyville, TN
Box 1
The cabin where fiddle-making Jean Horner was born, Rockwood, TN
Box 1
Leaving the Head of the Sequatchie Valley State Park, Pikeville, TN
Box 1
Jesus mural on church-front, Spencer, TN
Box 1
Ballad-singer Lou Wilson, Harrogate, TN
Box 1
A prayer for Evelyn, Cumberland Gap, TN, 2016
Box 4
Evelyn's childhood Bible, Jamestown, TN, 2016
Box 4
Eugene and Jobie pray, Wilder, TN, 2017
Box 4
Opal playing handmade gourd instrument, Jamestown, TN, 2017
Box 4
Rick and Gunsmoke the cat, Jamestown, TN, 2017
Box 4
Rick forgives Kermit, Jamestown, TN, 2017
Box 4
Banjo-pickin' Wade Hill, Knoxville, TN, 2014
Box 4
Tom McCarroll's record player, Lenoir City, TN, 2014
Box 4
Kentucky overlook, Pickett County, TN, 2018
Box 4
Larry and his handmade Zebra Dunn Gun, Jamestown, TN, 2016
Box 4
Old Sharp place, Jamestown, TN, 2017
Box 4
Michael's snakeskin, Whitleyville, TN, 2015
Box 4
Hazard Cave, Jamestown, TN, 2018
Box 4
Forrest at the old Camaro farm, Jamestown, TN, 2018
Box 4
Gar Blevins' place, Jamestown, TN, 2018
Box 4
Evelyn playing at home, Jamestown, TN, 2015
Box 4
Sharp family kitchen, Crossville, TN, 2016
Box 4
Virginia overlook, Stickleyville, VA, 2018
Box 4
Curtis playing at home, Oak Ridge, TN, 2014
Box 4
Hatmaker's farm, Rosehill, VA, 2018
Box 4
Devotional statue, Pikeville, TN, 2015
Box 4
Hatmaker's farm, Rosehill, VA, 2018
Box 4
Snowstorm, Cumberland Gap, TN, 2016
Box 4
Roadside preacher, LaFollette, TN, 2017
Box 4
Tom McCarroll in casket, Lenoir City, TN, 2015
Box 4
Frozen Arch Lake, Jamestown, TN, 2018
Box 4
Blind Curtis Byrge on the day of the eclipse, Oak Ridge, TN, 2018
Box 4
Leaving Michael's Hollow, Whitleyville, TN, 2016
Box 4

2. Después Del Dia (Where We Live project), 2014-2015

3 Linear Feet, 2 boxes, 54 items

This body of work features images of migrant farmworkers and their families and residences from across the state of North Carolina, and forms part of the Where We Live Photographic Fellowship project. There are two sets of color inkjet prints: a set of 37 21x25 inch prints, followed by a set of 17 prints created for the "Where we live" exhibit, in varying sizes ranging from 14x19 to 17x25 inches, and three 23x27 inch prints. The photographs in this project were taken with a large-format view camera. All prints were created in 2016 from scanned 4x5 negatives.

Después del dia (archival prints)
(37 items)

Folders house 37 archival color pigment inkjet prints measuring 21x25 inches, with image dimensions of approximately 16x20 inches. The prints were made by scanning 4x5 inch color negatives, and were printed on Museo Silver Rag paper in 2016.

Box 2
Después del dia (exhibit prints)
(17 items)

Folders house a total of 17 prints: 14 in various sizes ranging from approximately 14x19 to 17x24 inches, and three 22x27 inch prints. The prints were made from scans of 4x5 inch color negatives, and were printed on Museo Silver Rag paper in 2016 as part of the "Where we live: a North Carolina portrait" exhibit.

Box 3
 

Historical Note

Rachel Boillot is a photographer, documentary artist, and educator currently based in Tennessee. She holds a BA in Sociology from Tufts University, a BFA in Photography from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University. She has recently worked as a Visiting Lecturer in Photography at Duke University, Assistant Producer at Sandrock Recordings, and Multimedia Documentarian for the Friends of the Cumberland Trail.

Boillot's photography has been acquired for several permanent collections worldwide. Recent work was funded by the Annenberg Foundation of Los Angeles and the Riverview Foundation in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is currently an Art Department faculty member at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, while continuing audio production work at Sandrock Recordings alongside her own photographic practice.

Related Material

Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts collection, Duke University Rubenstein Library (Rachel Boillot's MFA thesis)

Amanda Berg photographs, Duke University Rubenstein Library. (Photographs form part of the "Where we live" project)

Alex Harris photographs and papers, 1970-2015, Duke University Rubenstein Library. (Director of "Where we live" project)

Looking at Appalachia photographs project, 2014, Duke University Rubenstein Library


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Provenance

The Rachel Boillot photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2016 and 2019.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Paula Jeannet, February 2016.

Addition processed by Rachel Jessen and encoded by Paula Jeannet, June 2019.

Accession(s) described in this collection: 2016-0008; 2019-0084.