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  • Kure Beach to Asheville:Snapshots from North Carolina's I–40 Corridor
  • Gyoung-Youl Jeong (bio)

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Gyoung-Youl Jeong traveled I-40 across North Carolina and photographed the changing terrain in cities and towns on or near the state's longest highway.

Many photographers have documented the American South, and the region's archives reveal scenes of people and places now familiar—rural landscapes, tobacco factories, sharecroppers, the hard-working poor—classic images Marion Post Walcott, Walker Evans, and many others have preserved with powerful lenses.

The South, of course, is not what it once was. Many southerners are transplants or immigrants, and industry and business shape the region like never before. These and other changes throughout the South necessitate a contemporary documenting of the region. This need provided Gyoung-Youl Jeong—a Korean journalist and visiting scholar at unc's Center for the Study of the American South—with the inspiration for "Kure Beach to Asheville: Snapshots from North Carolina's i-40 Corridor." Here, Jeong interprets through a modernizing lens the sights along the state's longest highway from coastline to mountain country. In so doing he provides a valuable update to our images of the South. [End Page 51]


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I-40's eastern entrance. All photographs by Gyoung-Youl Jeong.

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Kure Beach.

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Wilmington.

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Burgaw.

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Magnolia.

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Newton Grove.

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Raleigh.

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Durham.

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Chapel Hill.

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Chapel Hill.

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Carrboro.

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Carrboro.

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Greensboro.

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Winston-Salem.

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Winston-Salem.

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Statesville.

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Morganton.

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Asheville.

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Asheville.

Gyoung-Youl Jeong

Gyoung-Youl Jeong is a Korean photojournalist who spent a year taking pictures in North Carolina as a Visiting Scholar at UNC's Center for the Study of the American South. Since receiving his B.A. in photography in 1992, he has been with the Chosun Ilbo, the largest daily newspaper in Korea. He also is the author of Telling About Photography, published in 2004. He would like to thank the SK Fellowship and the Korean Journalist Association for their financial support.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-1488
Print ISSN
1068-8218
Pages
pp. 51-70
Launched on MUSE
2007-02-20
Open Access
No
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