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Thomas S. Rankin, 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 2022):

  • MFAEDA 711.01, DOC FIELDWORK Synopsis
    Rubenstein 131, Tu 10:15 AM-01:45 PM
  • 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
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. Colors of Confinement: Color Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II, edited by Rankin, T; Hill, IT (2012), University of North Carolina Press  [author's comments]
  4. Jackson, B; Christian, D, In This Timeless Time, edited by Hill, IT; Rankin, TS (2011), University of North Carolina Press  [author's comments]
  5. Rankin, T, The Cruel Radiance of the Obvious, in Southern Cultures, Southern Cultures (2011)


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