By Jerry W. Cotten,Stephen J. Fletcher
Originally informed as an artist, Wootten labored in photography's pictorial culture, emphasizing inventive influence in her pictures at a time whilst real looking and documentary images more and more ruled the medium. touring all through North Carolina and surrounding states, she became the artistry of her eye and lens at the humans and locations she encountered.
Having opened a studio in her native land of latest Bern in 1905, Wootten moved to Chapel Hill in 1928, the place her consumers incorporated the college of North Carolina. among 1932 and 1941, she additionally supplied images for 6 books--including Cabins within the Laurel, Old houses and Gardens of North Carolina, and Charleston: Azaleas and outdated Bricks--lectured broadly, and exhibited her photos as far-off as manhattan and Massachusetts.
Light and Air gains one hundred ninety illustrations, together with 136 duotone reproductions of Wootten's pictures taken in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee--many of that have by no means prior to been released. although she used to be an complete panorama and architectural photographer, a few of Wootten's such a lot amazing photographs have been the graphics she crafted of black and white americans within the decrease reaches of society, operating humans whom different photographers frequently overlooked. those photographs are maybe her so much enduring legacy.
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