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Bill Ferris 

When: Thu., Dec. 15, 4 p.m. 2016

As a child of twelve in 1954, Bill Ferris received a camera as a gift. He and his brother built a darkroom, and he documented life on his family's farm in Warren County, Mississippi, where he was nurtured by familiar comforts: reading stories, singing hymns, and home-cooked meals. He captured images of workers, black and white, working alongside one another, but inevitably his photos picked up fractures in the civil landscape as he documented the changing South over the course of the sixties and seventies. Now a UNC history professor specializing in folklore and Southern studies, Ferris has two previous collections to his name. In The South in Color, he draws from more than six thousand photos, which he culled down to one hundred. Unlike the work of most concurrent documentarians, Ferris used color film, which adds a fascinating glow to this lost America, with familiar themes of hope, defiance, and resilience shining through its contradictions. —David Klein

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