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Guide to the Eliot Dudik photographs, 2009-2010

Summary

Collection comprises 39 digitally printed color photographs selected from a project by photographer Eliot Dudik, Road Ends in Water, which documents the expansion of U.S. Route 17 in South Carolina and the landscapes, buildings, inhabitants, and way of life in the areas affected by this highway project. Images include house interiors, churches, abandoned buildings, remains of Confederate breastworks, hunting and fishing camps, natural areas, a "hanging tree," old rice fields, and portraits of local people. The prints are sized 15x19 inches. Dudik's work received the 2015 Archive of Documentary Arts Award for Emerging Documentarians and has been published as a photobook in 2010. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11077
Title
Eliot Dudik photographs
Date
2009-2010
Extent
2.0 Linear Feet, 1 box
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises 39 color photographs selected from a project by photographer Eliot Dudik, Road Ends in Water, which documents the expansion of U.S. Route 17 in South Carolina and the landscapes, buildings, inhabitants, and way of life in the areas affected by this highway project. Images include house interiors, churches, abandoned buildings, remains of Confederate breastworks, hunting and fishing camps, natural areas, a "hanging tree," old rice fields, and portraits of local people.

The images are sized 11x14 inches and were digitally printed on 15x19 inches Canson Platine Fiber Rag from scans of 4x5 sheet film. Dudik's work received the 2015 Archive of Documentary Arts Award for Emerging Documentarians and has been published as a photobook in 2010.

Dudik included the following artist's statement: "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 at Duke University.

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

Contents of the Collection

1. Road Ends in Water, 2009-2010

39 items, 1 box
Road ends in water, Wimbee Creek Road
Box 1
Folder 1
Print RL-11077-P-0001
Bud, Russell Creek Road
Box 1
Folder 1
Print RL-11077-P-0002
Retired rice field, Donnelly Wildlife Management Area
Box 1
Folder 1
Print RL-11077-P-0003
Cam and Hayden, roadside, Wiggins Road, undated
Box 1
Folder 1
Print RL-11077-P-0004
Jimmy Mac, Prices Bridge Road
Box 1
Folder 1
Print RL-11077-P-0005
Alligator Alley, Oregon Road
Box 1
Folder 1
Print RL-11077-P-0006
Anthony, North Edisto River
Box 1
Folder 1
Print RL-11077-P-0007
Sacred space, Muckenfus Road
Box 1
Folder 1
Print RL-11077-P-0008
Buddy Baily, Maybank Highway
Box 1
Folder 2
Print RL-11077-P-0009
Thelma on Valentine's Day, Antioch Baptist Church, Highway 64
Box 1
Folder 2
Print RL-11077-P-0010
Allen A.M.E. Church, Botany Bay Road
Box 1
Folder 2
Print RL-11077-P-0011
418, Ivenia Brown Road
Box 1
Folder 2
Print RL-11077-P-0012
First snow in twenty years, Rosa Scott Road
Box 1
Folder 2
Print RL-11077-P-0013
L. Jay's Barber Shop and Convenience Store, Highway 174
Box 1
Folder 2
Print RL-11077-P-0014
Birthday gift, Highway 174
Box 1
Folder 2
Print RL-11077-P-0015
Betty, Oregon Road
Box 1
Folder 2
Print RL-11077-P-0016
The Word, Ivenia Brown Road [church interior]
Box 1
Folder 3
Print RL-11077-P-0017
Canal in fog, near Highway 17
Box 1
Folder 3
Print RL-11077-P-0018
Edisto in the rain, North Edisto River
Box 1
Folder 3
Print RL-11077-P-0019
A.B.A.T.E. biker rally, Red Oak Road
Box 1
Folder 3
Print RL-11077-P-0020
Splash, State Road S-15-161
Box 1
Folder 3
Print RL-11077-P-0021
Tom and Tommy, Prices Bridge Road
Box 1
Folder 3
Print RL-11077-P-0022
Confederate breastworks, Broxton Bridge Road
Box 1
Folder 3
Print RL-11077-P-0023
Snuffy in Salkehatchie Swamp, Broxton Bridge Road
Box 1
Folder 3
Print RL-11077-P-0024
Snuffy's house, Broxton Bridge Road
Box 1
Folder 4
Print RL-11077-P-0025
Rob and Ricky, near Martins Landing
Box 1
Folder 4
Print RL-11077-P-0026
Carew rice painting, back of old drive-in screen, Highway 63
Box 1
Folder 4
Print RL-11077-P-0027
Hangin tree, Jackass Road
Box 1
Folder 4
Print RL-11077-P-0028
Kamp River Rats, Trout Lane
Box 1
Folder 4
Print RL-11077-P-0029
Charleston single, Maybank Highway
Box 1
Folder 4
Print RL-11077-P-0030
Joe Ben, Rehoboth Road
Box 1
Folder 4
Print RL-11077-P-0031
Camels and Coke, Sea Island Yacht Club Road
Box 1
Folder 4
Print RL-11077-P-0032
Condemned, Ashepoo River
Box 1
Folder 5
Print RL-11077-P-0033
Landscaping, Parkers Ferry Road
Box 1
Folder 5
Print RL-11077-P-0034
Marietta and Jim, Wimbee Creek Road
Box 1
Folder 5
Print RL-11077-P-0035
Wimpy, Black Water Bait and Tackle, Jellico's Landing
Box 1
Folder 5
Print RL-11077-P-0036
River life, North Edisto
Box 1
Folder 5
Print RL-11077-P-0037
Veterans and rookies, Grain Bin Road
Box 1
Folder 5
Print RL-11077-P-0038
Rouse, Bennetts Point Road
Box 1
Folder 5
Print RL-11077-P-0039
 

Historical Note

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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Provenance

The Eliot Dudik Photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Ben Saalfeld, November 2015.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0116.