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Guide to the Lauren Henkin Photographs, 2015 May

Summary

The forty color inkjet photographs in this collection were taken by Lauren Henkin in May 2015 in and around Hale County, Alabama, part of the Alabama and Mississippi "Black Belt." The prints (17x22 inches) form part of a body of work titled "What's Lost is Found." Subjects include rural inhabitants, white and black; residences of all kinds, including many interiors; church exteriors and interiors; and rural and wooded landscapes, As part of the photographer's intent to capture the spirituality she perceived in the place and its people, captions for each image are taken from biblical verses. Collection includes five sheets with detailed captions and locations for each image. The Black Belt region is noted for its black topsoil, cotton plantations, the legacy of slavery, civil rights history, and photographic history: Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, and William Christenberry both produced some of their most well-known work in these same places. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11526
Title
Lauren Henkin photographs
Creator
Henkin, Lauren, 1974-
Extent
1.5 Linear Feet, 1 box; 47 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English.

Collection Overview

Content Description

The forty color inkjet photographs in this collection were taken by Lauren Henkin in May 2015 in and around Hale County, Alabama, part of the Alabama and Mississippi "Black Belt." The prints (17x22 inches) form part of a body of work titled "What's Lost is Found." Subjects include rural inhabitants, white and black; house interiors; church exteriors and interiors; and rural and wooded landscapes. Many of the images contain religious symbols and objects such as crosses. As part of the photographer's intent to capture the spirituality she perceived in the place and its people, captions for each image are taken from biblical verses. Collection includes five sheets, also 17x22 inches, with detailed captions and locations for each image.

The Black Belt region is noted for its black topsoil, cotton plantations, the legacy of slavery, civil rights history, and photographic history: Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, and William Christenberry both produced some of their most well-known work in these same places.

From the artist's statement: "It wasn't a place that should be simplified by an imposed narrative. The people I met had a request, 'Please, no more photos of poor kids barefoot on a front porch.' I wanted to show the complexity of a place that could in one moment take the viewer into the woods, to the home of a man that lives with his dogs in the poorest of conditions to the grounds of a mansion covered in soft southern light, to the interior of a home populated with Andrew Wyeth reproductions depicting wind and billowing curtains. I wanted to avoid stereotypical perspectives on the racial and socioeconomic divides, and instead, focus on the interconnectedness between the landscape, the flesh, and the spiritual."

Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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

Contents of the Collection

1. What's Lost is Found, 2015 May

40 prints, 1 box
Summary panels with image thumbnails and captions; two title sheets, 2017

Five paper sheets measuring 17x22 inches, each with eight color thumbnail images of each photograph, accompanied by detailed contextual captions and image locations. Also includes two title pages, also 17x22 inches.

Box 1
"The life of the flesh is in the blood", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0001
"In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0002
"After a fire a sound of gentle blowing", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0003
"The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0004
"By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0005
"Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0006
"Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0007
"Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0008
"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0009
"Go in peace. The journey on which you go is under the eye of the Lord", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0010
"For the poor will never cease to be in the land", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0011
"A rich man's wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0012
"Look to the lord and his strength", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0013
"She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0014
"So you will walk in the way of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0015
"Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0016
"The tree of life", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0017
"As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0018
"One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0019
"So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0020
"Let us make man in our image, after our likeness", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0021
"And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0022
"But all things should be done decently and in order", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0023
"So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0024
"Love your neighbor as yourself", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0025
"Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0026
"Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0027
"We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0028
"He has made everything beautiful in its time", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0029
"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0030
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0031
"When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0032
"Keep this book of the law always on your lips", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0033
"Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0034
"By man his blood shall be shed", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0035
"He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0036
"The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0037
"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0038
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0039
"Forsaken among the dead", 2015
Box 1
Image RL.11526-P-0040
 

Historical Note

Born in Washington, D.C., artist Lauren Henkin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and now resides in Maine.

Henkin's work is focused on the tension between preservation and extinction — from fading relationships to invasive growths to material possessions — as told in the American vernacular.

Her work resides in over twenty institutional collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Yale University, Smith College Museum of Art, and Brown University's Bell Gallery, among others. She is also the founder of Vela Noche, a publisher of handmade books and editions.

Henkin received the 2017 Duke University Archive of Documentary Arts Award for Southern Documentarians.


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Provenance

The Lauren Henkin photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2017.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Paula Jeannet, October 2017.

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2017-0153.

Other Notes

The inkjet prints are on Canson Edition Etching Rag paper, and were printed using Epson Ultrachrome K3 Inks.