Palmetto Portraits Project

Overview


The Palmetto Portraits Project is a collaboration between the Medical University of South Carolina, the Hasley Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, and the South Carolina State Museum intended to reflect the full range and diversity of South Carolina citizens at work and play in the lowcountry, piedmont, and the upstate.
The portraits include close-ups and wide shots of ordinary people living in South Carolina. Military personnel from Fort Jackson, ...
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Overview


The Palmetto Portraits Project is a collaboration between the Medical University of South Carolina, the Hasley Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, and the South Carolina State Museum intended to reflect the full range and diversity of South Carolina citizens at work and play in the lowcountry, piedmont, and the upstate.
The portraits include close-ups and wide shots of ordinary people living in South Carolina. Military personnel from Fort Jackson, Parris Island, and Charleston Air Force Base are photographed. Factory workers at the BMW Manufacturing Plant are featured as well as firefighters, children, church attendees, and shop merchants on Charleston's King Street. From historical reenactors to a roller derby girl, these photographs highlight the range of individuals who make up everyday life in South Carolina.
Reminiscent of the Farm Security Administration's photographs of 1930s, the Palmetto Portraits Project is a visual survey of state residents at the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century. Novelist Josephine Humphreys provides a first-person narrative about what it is like to be "from here," and contemplates our shared kinship. Editor Mark Sloan offers insight into the privileged access that portrait photographers have long provided into the lives of their subjects. Each photographer prefaces their work with a brief description of their photographs and their experiences shooting their contributions to this collaborative project. In the afterword Paul E. Matheny III offers an assessment of how these portraits may be viewed by future generations and applauds the photographers for capturing "the soul of the state."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615354743
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 12.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Mark Sloan is the director and senior curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Sloan is an accomplished photographer and the author or coauthor of eight books.

Josephine Humphreys is the author of Dreams of Sleep (winner of the 1985 Ernest Hemingway Award for First Fiction), Rich in Love (made into a major motion picture), The Fireman's Fair, and Nowhere Else on Earth.

Paul E. Matheny III is chief curator of art at the South Carolina State Museum.

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