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"Phone Home Durham" Exhibit Prints, 2012-2015 and undated

Summary

Collection comprises 85 13x19 inch photographic prints and other documents related to the exhibit, "Phone Home Durham, 2015." The images were all taken by 50 residents of Durham County, North Carolina, chiefly with mobile phones but also with handheld cameras, and are mostly color digital prints, with a few black-and-white prints. The photographers focused on urban settings, although there are a few rural images taken in Durham County. The images reflect society and customs in 21st century Durham, with subject content including protests relating to race issues, street scenes, graffiti, abandoned houses, local shops and businesses, industrial buildings, and a few landscapes with trees and sunsets. The exhibit prints are accompanied by exhibit guides and other publicity related to the 2015 exhibition, several photographers' statements, and the original exhibit proposal by Duke University professor and photographer Tom Rankin. The exhibit was co-curated by Aaron Canipe, Alexa Dilworth, Jeremy Lange, and Jim Lee. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11190
Title
"Phone Home Durham" exhibit prints
Date
2012-2015 and undated
Extent
2 Linear Feet, 3 boxes; 85 13x19 inch inkjue prints; 43 manuscript items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials are in English.

Collection Overview

Collection Overveiw

The collection comprises 85 13x19 inch inkjet prints of photographs, chiefly in color, taken by 50 photographers from Durham County, North Carolina. The images were selected from submissions to the Center for Documentary Studies in response to a call for "images of Durham County [N.C.] taken with mobile phone cameras or other hand held devices." The size of the actual image on the 13x19 print varies and can be as small as 4x6 inches.

The photographers focused on urban settings, although there are a few rural images taken in Durham County. The images reflect society and customs in 21st century Durham, with subject content including protests relating to race issues, street scenes, graffiti, abandoned houses, local shops and businesses, industrial buildings, and a few landscapes with trees and sunsets. Locations include the Durham History Hub, Museum of Life and Science, Duke University, Liberty Cafe, Taqueria Gonzales, Geer Street, Eno River State Park, Ellerbee Creek bridge, Pelican Snoballs, Catsburg Store, the beaver pond off of Avondale Drive, Compare Foods, Durham Central Park, Cocoa Cinnamon coffee shop, Durham County Detention Facility, West Chapel Hill Street bridge, Beyu Cafe, the Durham Bulls ballpark, the 40th Centerfest, El Vaquero Western Wear Shop, 21c Museum Hotel, and the Scrap Exchange.

The exhibit was guest curated by Aaron Canipe, Alexa Dilworth, Jeremy Lange and Jim Lee and displayed in different rotations at the Power Plant Gallery at the American Tobacco Campus from May 29, 2015 to August 22, 2015.

The photographic prints are accompanied by five exhibit guides arranged by dates of exhibition, with thumbnails of each image, the photographer's name, and captions or additional information. Other documents are a flyer explaining request for submissions, a Durham County Library program flyer, and photographers' statements about their images. Also located here is the proposal for the exhibit written by Tom Rankin, documentary photographer and Director of the Master of Fine Arts Program at Duke University.

The following photographers are represented in the collection: D.L. Anderson, Kristina Baker, Daniele Berman, Eric Boven, Michaela Brooks, Aaron Canipe, Mario Chen, Christina Chia, Ira Christmas, Olisa Corcoran, Diane Davis, Wilfred Drath, B.J. Fusaro, Roman Gabriel, Alexa Gerend, Cynthia Gurganus, Izzy (Isaac) Hart, Jim Haverkamp, Warren Hicks, Juliet Jensen, Jim Kellough, Frank Konhaus, Stephanie Leathers, Ryan Mason, Mark Maya, Eleanor Mills, Jesse Moore, John Moses, Callistus Ndemo, Michael Palko, Bill Pope, Courtney Reid-Eaton, Julie Rhodes, Jacqueline Rimmler, Emily Rush, Katherine Scott, Adelle Smith, Amanda Smith, Daniel Smith, Lisa Sorg, Jennifer Stratton, Gina Streaty, Amanda Stricklett, Dawn Surratt, Lynda-Marie Taurasi, Aiyana Torres, Cait Ushpol, Ross Wade, Carin Walsh, and Josh Zaslow.

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

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Arrangement

Organized into two series: Photographs, and Publicity. Prints are arranged alphabetically by photographers' last name.

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[Identification of item], "Phone Home Durham" Exhibit Prints Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Anderson, D.L.
West Point on the Eno, 2014
Box 1
Folder 1
Moving out, the West End, Durham, 2014

The alternate title in the gallery guide was "Moving Out, Gattis Street, Durham, 2014."

Box 1
Folder 1
Baker, Kristina
The green room, 2015 March 20
Box 1
Folder 1
Berman, Daniele
Baby ballet at Barriskill, undated
(2 copies)

The alternate title in the exhibit list was "Little girl ballet dancing." There is a duplicate print mislabeled "Hanging Christmas lights on a tower."

Box 1
Folder 2
Luke Jackson playing catcher for South Durham Little League, undated

The alternate title in the exhibit list was "Catcher at home plate."

Box 1
Folder 2
Boven, Eric
Field as I turn to go home, undated
Box 1
Folder 3
Preparing food, 2015 March-April

The caption in the gallery guide also listed that photo was taken at a farm near the northern county line.

Box 1
Folder 3
Brooks, Michaela
Pelican's SnoBalls, undated
Box 1
Folder 3
Canipe, Aaron
3/31/2015, 3:31pm, Blackwell St.

Title in gallery guide is listed as "February 25, 2015, 8:09am, Campus Drive."

Box 1
Folder 4
2/25/2015, 7:08 pm, Ninth St., 2015 February 25
((2 copies)

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "2/25/15, 7:08pm Ninth St., Ms. Pacman."

Box 1
Folder 4
Pettigrew St., 2014 October 27

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Tree on Pettigrew St."

Box 1
Folder 4
Chen, Mario
Snow attack at the ball park, 2015 February 24

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Footprints in the snow at Diamondview (Durham Bulls park)."

Box 1
Folder 5
Under the bridge off Alston Ave in East Durham, 2015 June 29

Date of image taken from gallery guide. Black-and-white photograph is of graffiti, including a Bible verse quote next to image of what looks like the face of Jesus Christ.

Box 1
Folder 5
Chia, Christina
Game room at the Carmike Wynnsong 15, 2014 September 6
Box 1
Folder 5
Christmas, Ira
Catsburg country store, undated
Box 1
Folder 5
Snow covered Ellerbee Creek Bridge, undated
Box 1
Folder 5
Corcoran, Olisa
Geer Street sky, 2014
Box 1
Folder 6
Davis, Diane
Manshack, 2014 July 12

Date is listed in gallery guide for May 29 to August 22, 2015.

Box 1
Folder 6
Drath, Wilfred
Beyu Cafe, 2015 April 23

The alternate title in the gallery guide is "Inside Beyu Cafe."

Box 1
Folder 6
Durham History, undated

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Durham History Hub."

Box 1
Folder 6
Fusaro, B.J.
Gas station turned coffee shop / falling snow, 2014 February
Box 1
Folder 7
Reincarnation of Liberty warehouse, 2015 January
Box 1
Folder 7
Gabriel, Roman
A city in transition, storm coming, undated

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Storm with parking lot light." The alternate title in the gallery guide is "City in transition: A storm is coming."

Box 1
Folder 7
Gerend, Alexa
Midnight, February 25th, 2011 West Club Blvd, undated

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Tree in snow."

Box 1
Folder 7
Gurganus, Cynthia
Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, 2014 April 27
Box 1
Folder 8
Hart, Izzy (Isaac)
Taken at Durham School of the Arts, undated

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Durham School for the Arts" (young man with camera inside).

Box 1
Folder 8
Taken at Durham School of the Arts, undated

The title in the exhibit list is "Durham School for the Arts" (pointing finger).

Box 1
Folder 8
Havercamp, Jim
Growth, 2014 April 20

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Taken near Watts and Main St. intersection."

Box 1
Folder 9
Sofia on scooter, 2015 May 31

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Taken on 200 block of Dacian Avenue."

Box 1
Folder 9
Hicks, Warren
Flying the not so friendly skies, 2014 July 16
Box 1
Folder 9
Straight up, 2014 August 14
Box 1
Folder 9
Jensen, Juliet
Backyard bliss (old dog and mower), 2015 September 22

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Dog day."

Box 1
Folder 10
Kellough, Jim
Carne, COMPARE @ Avondale, 2015 April 28
Box 1
Folder 10
Pyramids, COMPARE @ Avondale, 2015 April 28
Box 1
Folder 10
Konhaus, Frank
Vinyl, undated
Box 1
Folder 10
Leathers, Stephanie
Iredell house, hollow house, 2013
Box 1
Folder 11
Tell me where (Liggett Myers), 2015
Box 1
Folder 11
Mason, Ryan
Abandoned phone booth, undated
Box 1
Folder 12
Powerlines and sky, undated
Box 1
Folder 12
Taqueria, 2015 April

Alternate title in exhibit list was "Taqueria Gonzalez."

Box 1
Folder 12
Maya, Mark
Graffiti, undated
Box 2
Folder 13
Building corner, undated
(2 copies)
Box 2
Folder 13
Mills, Eleanor
Canker worm, 2015 April 28
Box 2
Folder 14
Moore, Jesse
Englewood Ave, 2015 February 1

Alternate title in exhibit list is "Englewood Ave. (Free Crap sign)."

Box 2
Folder 14
Moses, John Wills, Jr.
Parking lot after work 4020 N. Roxboro St., undated
Box 2
Folder 14
Ndemo, Callistus
Pizza tower, 2015 March 6
Box 2
Folder 14
Palko, Michael
Durham Museum of Life and Science, 2012
Box 2
Folder 15
Street Art Pettigrew St, 2014 December
Box 2
Folder 15
W. Chapel Hill St. bridge 1, 2015 April
Box 2
Folder 15
W. Chapel Hill St. bridge 2, 2015 April
Box 2
Folder 15
Pope, Bill
Downtown alley, 2015 February 24
Box 2
Folder 16
I love Durham, 2015 January 18

Alternate title in exhibit list is "I love Durham graffiti."

Box 2
Folder 16
Legs, Scrap Exchange, 2012 June 15
Box 2
Folder 16
Reid-Eaton, Courtney
Wild onions, undated
Box 2
Folder 17
Rhodes, Julie
Corrida, 2013 November 13

Alternate title in exhibit list is "Duke University Medical Center Library."

Box 2
Folder 17
Rimmler, Jacqueline
Beaver pond, 2014 November
Box 2
Folder 17
Leaves, 2015 February
Box 2
Folder 17
Rush, Emily
Storms over Durham, 2014 June 11

Alternate title in exhibit list is "Storm over Durham (ATC Lucky Strike tower)."

Box 2
Folder 17
Scott, Katherine
Missing super sock, undated
Box 2
Folder 18
Sausage gravy and yolk, undated
Box 2
Folder 18
Smith, Adelle
Flowering trees outside the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, 2014 April 2
Box 2
Folder 19
Smith, Amanda
Boots at El Vaquero, undated
Box 2
Folder 19
Representative John Lewis, 2014 October 4
Box 2
Folder 19
Wild swarm of bees in the Durham Arts Council parking lot, undated
Box 2
Folder 19
Smith, Daniel
Latitude: 36째 10'20.148" N / Longitude: 78째 56' 39.768" W / Rougemont, NC, 2015
Box 2
Folder 20
Latitude: 36째 10'20.148" N / Longitude: 78째 56' 39.768" W / Rougemont, NC, 2015 May 24

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Sunset over mother's farm in Rougemont, NC."

Box 2
Folder 20
Sorg, Lisa
Durham Central Park, 2013 October 19

The alternate title in the gallery guide is "Jazz Band at Durham Central Park." Title on back of print is in error.

Box 2
Folder 20
Uniforms / 21c Museum Hotel, 2015 February 27

Title on back of print is in error.

Box 2
Folder 20
Stratton, Jennifer
Centerfest, Durham NC, 2014 September 14
Box 2
Folder 21
Free mattress, 2015 April 2

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Free mattress, Farthing St. and Lavender Ave. (Northgate Park, Durham NC)."

Box 2
Folder 21
Hanging flag, 2015 February 3

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Hanging flag, Erwin Rd."

Box 2
Folder 21
Streaty, Gina
Guess Road Christ / Guess Road and Carver Street, N. Durham, 2011 May - 2012 August
Box 2
Folder 21
Stricklett, Amanda
An aged window in the bright southern sun, 2014 September

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Rusted peeling paint."

Box 2
Folder 22
Surratt, Dawn
Eno River treebank, 2015 February 1

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Eno River State Park."

Box 2
Folder 22
Pink penguins, 2015 April 14
Box 2
Folder 22
Taurasi, Lynda-Marie
At the Pinhook, 2015 January 20
Box 2
Folder 22
Torres, Aiyana
Simple Mondays, undated

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "House with red door and vines."

Box 2
Folder 23
Wise nights, undated

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "Stairs."

Box 2
Folder 23
Ushpol, Caitlin
5/1/15 Durham County Detention Facility, 2015 May 1

The title in the exhibit list is "May 1 protest #2." The gallery guide caption is "Durham County Detention Facility during a peaceful protest following the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. We are united. #blacklivesmatter."

Box 2
Folder 23
Protest, 2015 May 1

The alternate title in the exhibit list is "May 1 protest." The caption in the gallery guide is "Taken May 1, 2015 outside the Durham County Detention Facility during a peaceful protest. #blacklivesmatter #alllivesmatter #stoppolicebrutality."

Box 2
Folder 23
Wade, Ross
Liberty Cafe, Durham, NC, 2014 September-November
Box 2
Folder 24
Walsh, Carin
21c Museum Hotel, Stairwell 3, 2015 June 29
Box 2
Folder 24
Zaslow, Josh
Dog / February 2015 on Club Blvd., 2015 February
Box 2
Folder 24

2. Publicity, 2014-2015

3 folders

Folders contain gallery and exhibit guides, fliers, and other publicity, as well as the original proposal written by Tom Rankin, documentary photographer, former director of the Center for Dcoumentary Studies, and Director of the Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts Program at Duke University.

Publicity materials
Box 3
 

Historical Note

The idea for the project "Phone Home Durham" came from Tom Rankin, former director of the Center for Documentary Studies, professor of the practice of art and documentary studies, and director of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. Financial support for the exhibit was provided by Museo Digital Fine Art Media.

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Provenance

The "Phone Home Durham" collection was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Beth Morris Weiss, Leslie Hayes, and Paula Jeannet, April-May 2016.

Accession(s) represented in this collection guide: 2015-0196.