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Thomas S. Rankin, Professor of the Practice and Director of Documentary Studies Certificate and Director of Graduate Studies of the MFA Program in Experimental and Documentary Arts

Thomas S. Rankin

A photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist, Tom Rankin has been documenting and interpreting American culture for nearly twenty years. His books include Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993), which received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography, 'Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre': Photographs of a River Life(1995), Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain (1997), and Local Heroes Changing America: Indivisible (2000).

Contact Info:
Office Location:  1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3613
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://cds.aas.duke.edu/

Teaching (Fall 2021):

  • DOCST 368S.01, THE VIEW CAMERA Synopsis
    Bridges 201, M 03:30 PM-06:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as ARTSVIS 368S.01, VMS 373S.01)
  • MFAEDA 703.01, EXPER AND DOC ARTS Synopsis
    Warehouse 201, Th 08:30 AM-11:00 AM
  • MFAEDA 720.01, CRITIQUE I Synopsis
    Rubenstein 123, F 10:15 AM-01:15 PM
  • MFAEDA 722.01, CRITIQUE III Synopsis
    Rubenstein 123, F 10:15 AM-01:15 PM
  • DOCST 768S.01, THE VIEW CAMERA Synopsis
    Bridges 201, M 03:30 PM-06:00 PM
Teaching (Spring 2022):

  • VMS 390S.04, SPECIAL TOPICS IN VMS Synopsis
    Class Bldg 103, M 07:00 PM-09:30 PM
    (also cross-listed as DOCST 390S.04)
  • VMS 790S.01, SPECIAL TOPICS IN VMS Synopsis
    Class Bldg 103, M 07:00 PM-09:30 PM
    (also cross-listed as DOCST 790S.02)
Education:

M.F.A.Georgia State University1987
M.A.University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill1983
B.A.Tufts University1980
OtherSchool of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA1978
Specialties:

Photography, Filmaking & Folklore
Production - Documentary
Research Interests:

A photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist, Tom Rankin has been documenting and interpreting American culture for nearly twenty years. His books include Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993), which received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography, 'Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre': Photographs of a River Life(1995), Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain (1997), and Local Heroes Changing America: Indivisible (2000).

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Rankin, T, Truths of the Matter: Traditions in Documentary Studies (2012)
  2. Rankin, T, A Place of Tender Images: Paul Kwilecki’s Four Decades of Photography of Decatur County, GA (2012)
  3. Jackson, B; Christian, D, In This Timeless Time, edited by Hill, IT; Rankin, TS (2011), University of North Carolina Press  [author's comments]
  4. Rankin, T, The Cruel Radiance of the Obvious, in Southern Cultures, Southern Cultures (2011)
  5. Tom Rankin, The Art of Farming (December, 2010) (Photographs and audio by students at the Center for Documentary Studies, part of the larger Five Farms Project..)


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