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Guide to the John Moses photographs, 1974-1993

Summary

Collection of 23 photographs taken by John Moses, pediatrician and photographer, of teenaged parents and their children, chiefly in Durham, North Carolina and surrounding communities, and eight photographs of farmworkers taken in the South. Seeking to find the "human stories behind the statistics," he photographed the adolescent parents - almost all young women - in their homes and urban surroundings. A few images include grandparents. The photographs of farm laborers were taken in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida from 1974-1979, and include portraits of children, adults, and older people of all races at work and at home; also includes one of farmworkers protesting on a road as a bus with a Minute Maid sign rolls by. The gelatin silver prints all measure 11x14 inches. Includes an index of image titles and a three-page statement by Moses about his photography and its relevance to his medical work. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11493
Title
John Moses photographs
Date
1974-1993
Creator
Moses, John
Extent
1.0 Linear Feet, 2 boxes, 31 prints and 2 typed manuscripts
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Content Description

Collection of 23 photographs taken by John Moses, North Carolina pediatrician and photographer, of teenaged parents and their children, chiefly in Durham, North Carolina and surrounding communities, and eight photographs of farmworkers taken in the South.

Seeking to find the "human stories behind the statistics," Moses photographed the adolescent parents - almost all young women - in their homes and urban surroundings. A few images include grandparents. The photographs of farm laborers were taken in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida from 1974-1979, and include portraits of children, adults, and older people of all races at work and at home; also includes one of farmworkers protesting on a road as a bus with a Minute Maid sign rolls by.

The gelatin silver prints all measure 11x14 inches. Includes an index of image titles and a three-page statement by Moses about his photography and its relevance to his medical work. The description mentions oral histories conducted by Moses; these audio materials are not currently part of the collection.

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

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

Contents of the Collection

1. Teenage parents, 1986-1993

.5 Linear Feet, 1 box, 23 prints; 2 typewritten manuscripts, 11x14 inches
Index to titles; artist's statement, 1993
Box 1
Sophia and William, Vance County, 1986
Box 1
Sharon and Cordavio, Vance County, 1988
Box 1
Janie and Rachel, Durham, 1987
Box 1
Granville County, 1987
Box 1
Ruth and Matthew, Mebane, 1989
Box 1
Ruth, Tracy, Marcus, and the triplets, 1988
Box 1
Pregnant teenager, Orange High School, Hillsborough, 1989
Box 1
Brenda and Bradley, Hillsborough, 1989
Box 1
Salechia and children, Orange County, 1988
Box 1
Tracy and sons, Mebane, 1988
Box 1
Theresa, her mother, and their children, Henderson, 1990
Box 1
Chris and Brandon, Henderson, 1989
Box 1
Sharon visiting, Alexandria, Virginia, 1989
Box 1
Brenda, sister Rhonda and Bradley, Hillsborough, 1989
Box 1
Vance County, 1988
Box 1
Chris and Brandon, Henderson, 1989
Box 1
Michelle and Chastity, Efland, 1988
Box 1
Henderson, 1990
Box 1
Orange County, 1988
Box 1
Orange County, 1987
Box 1
Twins with their babies and grandmother, Vance County, 1986
Box 1
Twins with their sons and grandfather, Vance County, 1987
Box 1
Cindy and Bradley, Orange County, 1989
Box 1

2. Farmworkers, 1974-1979

.5 Linear Feet, 1 box, 8 prints, 11x14 inches
No known title

Young boy, arms crossed, standing in crop field.

Box 2
No known title

Young girl standing in fruit tree grove.

Box 2
No known title

Young boy standing in fruit tree grove.

Box 2
No known title

Group of agricultural workers waving flags by a roadside as a Minute Maid bus goes by.

Box 2
No known title

Workers sitting in front of decrepit housing.

Box 2
No known title

Elderly woman standing in front of stove, cooking a tortilla.

Box 2
No known title

Man standing in front of decrepit housing, holding liquor bottle.

Box 2
No known title

Man sitting on can in front of house.

Box 2
 

Historical Note

John Moses is a primary care pediatrician at Duke University Medical Center. While he was an undergraduate student at Duke, Moses took a photography class from CDS faculty member Alex Harris. Before attending medical school, he spent a year photographing the conditions of migrant farmworkers in the Southeast. He later photographed teenage parents in Durham, N.C. and surrounding communities. His current projects include a book about primary care medicine and a book about children and illness. His courses include Medicine and the Vision of Documentary Photography, part of the Focus Program, and Children and the Experience of Illness, in which students teach photography to children being treated for illness and write about their experiences during the semester. Moses plans to continue developing other opportunities for undergraduates to work with documentary studies and medicine.

[Source for some information: Center for Documentary Studies website, accessed June 21, 2017]

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Provenance

The John Moses photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1993 and 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Paula Jeannet, June 2017.

Accession(s) represented in this collection guide: 1993-0313, 2012-0107.