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Guide to the Justin Kimball photographs, 2012-2016

Summary

Collection comprises 40 color prints selected from photographer Justin Kimball's project, "Elegy." The images were taken between 2012 and 2016 in small towns in Massachusetts, New York State, and Pennsylvania, places whose cultural fabric and economic livelihood have been deeply affected by 20th century deindustrialization. Chiefly taken in winter, the images document the impact of the decline in the coal, steel, lumber, and paper industries, and farming, and the survivors of this era, showing working class neighborhoods, streetscapes, storefronts, abandoned houses and industrial sites, railroad tracks, and people gathered on streets and porches, leaning out of windows, and playing ball games. The inkjet prints measure 13x19 inches. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11618
Title
Justin Kimball photographs
Date
2012-2016
Extent
.5 Linear Feet, 1 box
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Content Description

Collection comprises 40 color prints selected from photographer Justin Kimball's project, "Elegy." The images were taken between 2012 and 2016 in small towns in Massachusetts, New York State, and Pennsylvania, places whose cultural fabric and economic livelihood have been deeply affected by 20th century deindustrialization. Chiefly taken in winter, the images document the impact of the decline in the coal, steel, lumber, and paper industries, and farming, and the survivors of this era, showing working class neighborhoods, streetscapes, storefronts, abandoned houses and industrial sites, railroad tracks, and people gathered on streets and porches, leaning out of windows, and playing ball games. The inkjet prints measure 13x19 inches.

From the artist's statement: "Between 2012 and 2016 I photographed in small, all but defunct towns in New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Most of them were company towns that relied on natural resources to survive: coal, steel, lumber, paper and farming. These businesses are long gone now, the local economy dried up and blown away. The pictures I made in these towns are of the people who live there now, their homes, backyards, the streets and the buildings that once supplied the town its livelihood and economy. While the pictures are about a specific region, they also point to a growing invisible, yet ubiquitous, part of the American landscape. The body of work is meant to pose questions about what happens when things get hard; these are questions about struggle, hope and what it is to be human. These are always important questions, but in the wake of the 2016 election cycle they are, if possible, even more critical."

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

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

Contents of the Collection

1. Elegy, 2012-2016

The forty images in this series were taken by photographer Justin Kimball between 2012 and 2016 in unnamed small towns and rural locations in New York State, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.

Digital inkjet color prints are especially vulnerable to handling and environment. Please use gloves; refrain from touching the emulsion (image), and handle prints by the edges, keeping prints flat.

Liberty Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0001
Creek Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0002
Prospect Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0003
Middle Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0004
Oak Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0005
Commerce Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0006
Shenandoah Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0007
Woodlawn Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0008
Clinton Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0009
Lincoln Avenue, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0010
Route 441, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0011
Shamokin Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0012
North Greenbush Road, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0013
Wyoming Avenue, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0014
Echo Farm Road, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0015
Lark Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0016
East Lloyd Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0017
Country Road 143, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0018
Cliff Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0019
Bliss Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0020
South Broad Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0021
Niagara Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0022
Ethel and Main Stretts, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0023
Coal Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0024
Old Highway 5, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0025
West Frack Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0026
Highway 5, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0027
Way Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0028
Spruce Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0029
Route 394, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0030
State Road 211, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0031
Mohawk Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0032
Mount Vernon Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0033
Centre Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0034
East Water Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0035
Race Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0036
Market Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0037
South River Avenue, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0038
East Mill Street, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0039
Stateline Highway 5, 2012-2016
Box 1
Image RL.11618-P-0040
 

Historical Note

Justin Kimball was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1961. He earned a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an M.F.A in Photography from the Yale University School of Art. The recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, an Aaron Siskind Individual Photographers Fellowship, a Kittredge Educational Grant from Harvard University and the Project Development Grant from Center in Santa Fe NM, he is the author of the monographs Where We Find Ourselves, Center for American Places, Pieces of String, and Elegy (Radius Books), from which the photographs in this collection were selected.

His work can be found in over 40 museum collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), the National Gallery of Art, the George Eastman House, the SF MoMA and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Kimball's images have been included in such publications as DoubleTake, Harper's, and Photo Metro.

Kimball has taught photography for more than twenty years and is currently a Professor of Art at Amherst College. He is represented by Carroll and Sons in Boston Massachusetts.


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Provenance

The Justin Kimball photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Paula Jeannet, May 2018.

Accession(s) represented in this collection: 2018-0041.

Other Notes

Color inkjet prints, printed on Canson Iinfinity Baryta Photographique paper.