One Place by Paul Kwilecki
Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia (Documentary Arts and Culture)

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Though artistic and ambitious, Paul Kwilecki (1928-2009) chose to remain in Bainbridge, Georgia, the small Decatur County town where he was born, raised, and ran the family's hardware store. He had always been interested in photography and taught himself how to use a camera. Over four decades, he documented life in his community, making hundreds of masterful and intimate black-and-white prints.
Kwilecki developed his visual ideas in series of photographs of high school proms, prison hog killings, shade-tree tobacco farming, factory work, church life, the courthouse. He also wrote eloquently about the people and places he so poignantly depicted, and in this book his unique knowledge is powerfully articulated in more than 200 photographs and selected prose.
Paul Kwilecki worked alone, his correspondence with important photographers his only link to the larger art world. Despite this isolation, Kwilecki's work became widely known. "Decatur County is home," he said, "and I know it from my special warp, having been both nourished and wounded by it."

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Paul Kwilecki is the author of Understandings: Photographs of Decatur County, Georgia. Tom Rankin is the director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Published April 9, 2013 by The University of North Carolina Press. 272 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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This impressive career-spanning collection of over 200 black-and-white photos (published in association with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University) represents Kwilecki’s four-decade a

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This remarkable, superbly edited book tells the arresting story of a heretofore little-known documentarian and ethnographer while highlighting his powerful and beautiful black-and-white photographs. Kwilecki, who died in 2009, was a self-taught artist who made his living in his family's hardware ...

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