Guide to the Eliot Dudik Photographs, undated
Eliot Dudik is a photographer currently teaching at the College of William and Mary. His series, Road Ends in Water, won the 2015 Archive of Documentary Arts Award for Emerging Documentarians. The collection includes 39 color photographs from Road Ends in Water, a project documenting the expansion of U.S. Route 17 in South Carolina.
- Collection Number
- Eliot Dudik photographs
- 2.0 Linear Feet, 1 flat box
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
Collection consists of selections from Dudik's photography series, Road Ends in Water, which won the 2015 Archive of Documentary Art Award for Emerging Documentarian. The series contains (39) 11x14" color photographs printed on 15x19" Canson Platine Fiber Rag from scans of 4x5 sheet film.
Dudik included the following abstract: "Change is descending upon an otherwise quiet, unhurried, unobtrusive, place. The main highway, U.S Route 17, that bisects South Carolina's "lowcountry," north to south, is being widened to accommodate commerce, tourists, and urban refugees. Not only are many homes, some historic, disappearing before the tracked blades of expansion, but also the new, faster thoroughfare encourages greater disregard and obliviousness to the charm and culture the basin harbors.
This collection of images and thoughts is a tribute to, and an acknowledgment of, the respect the modest souls of this region, obscure from the mainstream, deserve for their tenacity, good humor, social commitment, and acceptance of the ebb and flow of the often incomprehensible vagaries of existence.
A photographic adventure became an artistic journey and culminated in a unique awakening to an otherwise overlooked cultural phenomenon. While the road ends in water, it began there as well."
Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts (Duke University).
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Eliot Dudik Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Eliot Dudik is a photographic artist, educator, and bookmaker exploring the connection between culture, landscape, memory, and politics. His first monograph, ROAD ENDS IN WATER, was published in 2010. In 2012, Dudik was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and one of Oxford American Magazine’s 100 New Superstars of Southern Art. He was awarded the PhotoNOLA Review Prize in 2014 for his Broken Land and Still Lives portfolio. His photographs have been exhibited in cities across the United States including, Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, and Baltimore.
Eliot taught photography at the University of South Carolina from 2011 to 2014 and is currently building the photography program within the Department of Art and Art History at the College of William & Mary. He is also directing the Andrews Gallery at the college.
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The Eliot Dudik Photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.
Processed by Ben Saalfeld, November 2015
Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0116