Bayard Wootten (1875-1959) was North Carolina’s most important photographer during the first half of the 20th century. She is especially known for her “folk study” photographs, including portraits depicting the daily lives of both African-Americans and Caucasian-Americans in rural areas of North Carolina made during the 1930s. The exhibition features twenty-one photographs of portraits and scenes made during her travels around North Carolina the South circa 1932 to 1940. None of the images on view are found in her biography “Light and Air.” The exhibition title comes from a letter that she wrote when she was in her mid-60s: “I have always been chasing something. But one of the surprises that life has held for me is that I am happier as an old woman than I ever was as a young one. Perhaps the reason for this is that I realize now it does not matter whether we arrive. The joy is in the going.”
Pleasants Family Assembly Room of Wilson Library. Please contact Wilson Library at (919) 962-3765 to confirm availability.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
March 27 – November 4