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Bayard Wootten was a photographer of Southern Appalachia and its people. In the 1920s she came to western North Carolina to record everyday life. She is best known for her portrait photography, especially of working people living in rural agricultural communities. Her goal was to reveal the character of her subjects, but in doing so she created images that evoke nostalgia for a lost way of life. Her career peaked in the 1930s, when she was in great demand as an exhibitor and lecturer. Among her published collections are Cabins in the Laurel and From My Highest Hill: Carolina Mountain Folks. An equal rights advocate, she worked tirelessly to create opportunities for other women to establish careers in photography.
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Below is the Digital Heritage Moment as broadcast on the radio:
- Cratis Williams Cratis Williams gained international fame for documenting and interpreting Appalachian culture and language. Born in eastern Kentucky in1911, he spent most of his professional life as a […]
- Wilma Dykeman Wilma Dykeman of Asheville, North Carolina, was a major Appalachian author. Her novels “The Tall Woman,” “The Far Family,” and “Return the Innocent Earth” vividly evoke life in the region […]
- Carl Sandburg Nestled deep in Appalachia, in Flat Rock, North Carolina, is Connemara, a beautiful 245-acre farm. It is world-renowned for producing prized dairy goats. It is famous for another reason, as well. . .
- Thomas Wolfe Thomas Wolfe was born to Julia and W.O. Wolfe in 1900. The youngest of eight children, he grew up living in the boardinghouse operated by his mother in Asheville, North Carolina. His […]
- Bascom Lamar Lunsford One voice seized me more than the rest. Over a simply picked banjo, the voice sang mournfully about a mole in the ground. Elsewhere, the same voice preached, over that same simple banjo, […]