As a young photographer, Tom Rankin set about documenting the distinct culture and place of the Mississippi Delta. This exhibition focuses on black-and-white, large format photographs revisiting the same places over several decades, recording the interaction of time and place. Rankin is the Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Tom Rankin is Director of the Center for Documentary Studies and Associate Professor of the Practice of Art and Documentary Studies at Duke University. Formerly Associate Professor of Art and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi and Chair of the Art Department at Delta State University, he is a graduate of Tufts University (BA, summa cum laude, American History), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MA, Folklore), and Georgia State University (MFA, Photography).
A native of Kentucky, his photography books include Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993), which received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography; Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre': Photographs of a River Life (1995); Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain (1997); and Local Heroes Changing America: Indivisible (2000). His photographs have been widely collected and published, and included in numerous exhibitions. He is a frequent writer and lecturer on photography, southern art and culture, and the documentary tradition.