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The Cruel Radiance of the Obvious

An article from Southern Cultures 17:2, The Photography Issue

Tom Rankin

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Published: 06/2011
Subject: History, Art | University of North Carolina
eBook ISBN: 9780807882429


This introductory essay uses William Eggleston as the point of entry to preview the entire photography issue and includes striking photographs from Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Susan Harbage Page—as well as exploring the stunning work of Paul Kwilecki. "Photography in its finest and most decisive moments is about those tired or ignored or unseen parts of our lives, the mundane and worn paths that sit before us so firmly that we cease to notice. It is, we might say, about rebuilding our sight in the face of blindness, of recovering our collective vision." This article appears in the Summer 2011 issue of Southern Cultures: The Photography Issue.