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Guide to the Rachel Boillot photographs, 2014-2015

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 "Silent ballad," portraits of traditional musicians and their families from the 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 88 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
2014-2015
Extent
3.5 Linear Feet, 3 boxes; 88 prints
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials are in English.

Collection Overview

Collection comprises two photographic portfolios by documentary photographer Rachel Boillot: "Después del dia: migrant farmworkers in North Carolina," and "Silent ballad," an exploration of Tennessee Appalachian mountain life, culture, and musical traditions.

The two series hold a total of 88 color pigment inkjet prints, 54 in "Después del dia" and 34 in "Silent ballad," scanned from 4x5 inch and 120mm negatives. They range in size from 23x27 to 14x19 inches, with the majority measuring 21x25 inches.

The images in "Después del dia" were taken from 2014 to 2015 as part of the "Where We Live: A North Carolina Portrait" project. They portray 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 a few images are 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 "Silent ballad," Boillot turned her focus to traditional musicians living in Tennessee's Cumberland Mountains region. As well as portraits of fiddlers, banjo players, guitarists, ballad singers, and their families, there are images of towns, roads, theaters, markets, cabins and houses, interiors of rooms, and natural landscapes, including some of state parks. Although the images were taken in Tennessee, there is one portrait of noted fiddler Clyde Davenport taken in Monticello, Kentucky, near the Tennessee border.

The "Silent ballad" project was part of 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 divided into the two photographic bodies of work, Después del dia and Silent ballad. Después del dia is further subdivided into exhibit prints and master prints.

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Collection is open for research.

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The "Después del dia" project participant consent forms stipulate that individual names of participants may not be published.

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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. Silent Ballad, 2014-2015

.5 Linear Feet, 34 items; 1 box

This body of work comprises 34 images taken by Rachel Boillot of old-time musicians and their families living in the Cumberland mountains of Tennessee. Subjects include fiddlers and a fiddle maker, banjo players, guitarists, ballad singers, musicians' spouses. Settings include old homesteads and new residences, interiors, a music hall and a theater, and landscapes from the area, including some of Sequatchie State Park near Pikeville. Other communities pictured include Knoxville, Harriman, Harrogate, Jamestown, Oak Ridge, LaFollette, Lenoir City, Rockwood, Spencer, Norris, and Whitleyville. One image captures participants in a Cherokee song ritual performed at the Fall Creek Falls Festival near Spencer. There is one portrait of noted fiddler Clyde Davenport at his home in Monticello, Kentucky, near the Tennessee border.

The color pigment inkjet prints measure 21x25 inches, with an image size of 16x20 inches, 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
Evelene 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

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. 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 (Boillot thesis) Amanda Berg photographs, Duke University. (Part of "Where we live" project) Alex Harris photographs and papers, Duke University. (Director of "Where we live" project)


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Provenance

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

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, February 2016. Accession(s) described in this collection: 2016-0008.