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  • About the Contributors

Michael Carlebach lived and photographed in south Florida for over three and a half decades. As a professor at the University of Miami, he taught classes in photojournalism, American studies, and art history. His publications include The Origins of Photojournalism in America (1992), American Photojournalism Comes of Age (1998), and Working Stiffs: Occupational Portraits in the Age of Tintypes (2002), all published by the Smithsonian Institution Press. He now lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Ben Child is a PhD student in English at the University of Mississippi whose research interests include intersections between vernacular culture and modernism, and constructions of urbanity and rurality. His work has appeared in Popular Music and Society and The Journal of Popular Culture. He is also a frequent contributor to

William R. Ferris is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History, Senior Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the American South, and Adjunct Professor of Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, he has made numerous documentary films and has authored over 100 publications in the fields of folklore, history, literature, and photography. His book of interviews of Delta blues greats, Give My Poor Heart Ease, was published by UNC Press in 2009.

Dolores Flamiano is Associate Professor and Ruth D. Bridgeforth Professor in the School of Media Arts and Design at James Madison University. She is working on a book about Hansel Mieth and social reform photojournalism.

Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier is a visual mythologist, a memory keeper. She is guided by the idea of the journey, unmapped spaces, and the magic that occurs when one goes looking for history and ancestors. Her visual repertoire mythologizes and re-imagines historical events—especially those that are informed by race, gender, and stereotypes—using photography and mixed media.

Scott Matthews is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of the American South at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a lecturer in the Department of History at Georgia State University. He did his graduate work at the University of Virginia.

Susan Harbage Page has explored women’s lives and marginalized communities through fieldwork involving photography, video, interviews, and sound recordings for over twenty-five years. She is a three-time winner of the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship and her work appears in over thirty museums and public collections. She currently teaches studio art and women’s studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tom Rankin has been documenting and interpreting American culture for nearly twenty years as photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist. His 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). He is Associate Professor of the Practice of Art and director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. [End Page 120]



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