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Across County Lines: Contemporary Photography from the Piedmont

October 04, 2018 – February 10, 2019
Susan Harbage Page, Argyle Sock, Brownsville, Texas (detail), from the U.S. - Mexico Border Project, 2007. Archival pigment print, 42 x 42 inches (106.7 x 106.7 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC.


Photography is arguably the region’s most widely practiced artistic medium. From analogue to digital to experimental, the range of photographic techniques used throughout central North Carolina is both broad and deep.

This group survey presented the striking crosscurrents of photographic work by 39 artists with a strong connection to the Piedmont. It blended the imagery of both emerging and established photographers, and spanned the 1970s to the present day. Some artists work within the genres of landscape, portraiture, and still life, while others take abstract and conceptual approaches. Themes touch on Durham and the South, immigration, cultural traditions, family history, gender, race, sexuality, music, and religion, among others. All the artists capture the immediacy and possibility of photography, while their images provide dynamic views of the world through wide-ranging methods and techniques.

The Nasher Museum was pleased to bring together this group of artists who contribute to the Piedmont’s thriving cultural community, and beyond: Ben Alper, D.L. Anderson, Bill Bamberger, Endia Beal,  Diego Camposeco, Aaron Canipe, Kennedi Carter, Faith Couch, Phyllis Dooney, Tim Duffy, William Ferris, Maya Freelon, Tamika Galanis, Michael Galinksy, Alex Harris, Harrison Haynes, Titus Brooks Heagins, Colby Katz, Anna Kipervaser and On Look Films, Jeremy M. Lange, Bryce Lankard, Jim Lee, Elizabeth Matheson, Lisa McCarty, Lindsay Metivier, Susan Harbage Page, Tom Rankin, John Rosenthal, Margaret Sartor, MJ Sharp, Christopher Sims, Heather Evans Smith, Leah Sobsey and Tim Telkamp, Hồng-Ân Trương and Hương Ngô, Burk Uzzle, Caroline Hickman Vaughan, and Gesche Würfel.

Organization & Support

This exhibition was organized by the Nasher Museum’s curatorial department: Molly Boarati, assistant curator; Reneé Cagnina Haynes, exhibitions and publications manager; Melissa Gwynn, curatorial assistant; Marshall Price, Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art; and Trevor Schoonmaker, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art.

Across County Lines: Contemporary Photography from the Piedmont was supported by the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions and Parker & Otis.

The Nasher Museum was an official partner of the annual Click! Photography Festival, which took place October 1-31, 2018.


Across County Lines: Contemporary Photography from the Piedmont is supported by the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions and Parker & Otis.

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