Beyond Beauty: Photographs from the Duke University Special Collections Library features more than 80 original photographs, films, personal artifacts and rare published portfolios from the 1860s to the present including photographs by Eugène Atget, Julia Margaret Cameron, Peter Henry Emerson, Alfred Stieglitz, F. Holland Day, Peter Henry Emerson, Edward Steichen, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Lewis Hine, Doris Ulmann, Aaron Siskind, Gertrude Blom, Minor White and Sally Mann.
William Gedney: Willie Cornett on hood of car passing a cigarette, 1972. Kentucky. Gelatin silver print, 8.5 x 11 inches. The Duke University Special Collections Library
Photo courtesy of Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Beyond Beauty also features works by 36 contemporary artists who specialize in documentary photography. Photographs by William Gedney, such as Willie Cornett on hood of car passing a cigarette, shot in Kentucky in 1972, are on view along with Gedney's journal documenting his experience in Kentucky. Photographs from Paul Kwilecki's 40-year study of Decatur County, Georgia, have been included along with the work of Olive Pierce, Rob Amberg, Jesse Andrews and Cedric Chatterley, among others.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Website