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图书馆获得罗兰·L的档案. 弗里曼是美国南部黑人生活的摄影师.S.

罗兰·L. Freeman Collection is now part of the Southern Folklife Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library. It will be available for reag真人娱乐官方 and consultation later this year. It is a gift from the Kohler Foundation, a family foundation that supports the arts and education.

一个人在拉小提琴.
罗兰·L. Freeman, Cigar Box Fiddler Scott Dunbar, Mississippi, 1975.

The archive of one of the country’s most important and prolific photographers of Black life in the twentieth century has a new home at UNC-Chapel Hill’s University 库.

罗兰·L. Freeman Collection is now part of the Southern Folklife Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library. It will be available for reag真人娱乐官方 and consultation later this year. It is a gift from the Kohler Foundation, a family foundation that supports the arts and education.

The collection at Wilson Library is a massive compilation of assignment and project work by Freeman from a career that spans more than fifty years of documenting Black communities, 公众人物,民间艺术和工匠. 它由近24个国家组成,000年的幻灯片, 10,000张相片, 400,000张底片和9张,000张接触表. Also included are publications and an archive of Freeman’s papers.

“The Southern Folklife Collection is deeply honored and excited to preserve and provide access to Roland Freeman’s photographic archive,史蒂夫·韦斯说, 南方民俗收藏馆馆长. “Freeman’s reag真人娱乐官方 and documentation of African American Folklife is innovative in its collaborative methodology and a landmark in the study of African American quilters. His collection will be an invaluable resource for students, 历史学家, 民间, 纪录片制片人和更多的团体.”

弗里曼的藏品增添了深度, 尺寸和生动的视觉元素,我们的系列, 给了我们探索和庆祝历史的新途径, 文化, 以及美国黑人社区的民间生活,María R说. Estorino, vice provost for University libraries and University librarian.

正在缝制被子的妇女.

罗兰·L. 弗里曼,周三晚上底特律缝制姐妹会. 1986年10月,密歇根州韦恩县.

“没人做过的工作”

出生在巴尔的摩, 1936年在马里兰州, Freeman was inspired to become a photographer after participating in the 1963 March on Washington. 他的职业生涯使他拍摄了许多具有里程碑意义的ag真人娱乐官方, 比如肯尼迪遇刺后的动乱. 马丁·路德·金., the Southern Christian 领导 Conference’s Poor 人’s Campaign “Mule Train” March on Washington, 以及纳尔逊·曼德拉首次访问美国.

“I was inspired by the March on Washington, and that’s why I started taking pictures. I wanted to say something about the times in which I was living, 从那以后我就一直这么做,“弗里曼 他告诉美国国家艺术基金会 in 2007.

Freeman devoted much of his career to documenting Black communities across the South, 特别强调艺术, cultural events and folk 文化 in all its manifestations. He co-directed the Mississippi Folklife Project for the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in 1970 and was later a reag真人娱乐官方 associate there.

“Roland provides a portrait of Black style and Black aesthetics that is unparalleled in the history of American photography. He understood the possibility of capturing deep narratives of tradition, especially in the Black South and the journey of those traditions in the Great Migration, 这是其他人做不到的。, associate professor in UNC-Chapel Hill’s department of anthropology and a longtime collaborator with Freeman.

Freeman’s work method is part of what distinguishes him from other documentary photographers, 说Hinson. “罗兰的杰出之处在于, 作为一名摄影师, he is absolutely committed to working collaboratively with those whose photographs he’s taking. He would get to know the person and then work to capture representations that are both deep and deeply honest,他说.

人们坐在门廊上.

罗兰·L. 社区长者弗里曼,密西西比州,1975年7月.

保存丰富的遗产

罗兰·L. Freeman Collection displays the full range of his work and craft. It includes images of well-known figures—jazz musician Miles Davis, 作家爱丽丝·沃克, 喜剧演员理查德·普赖尔和历史学家约翰·霍普·富兰克林, among others—as well as scenes of everyday life in cities and towns and the work of craftspeople, 工匠和表演者.

It also contains photographs from Freeman’s many books and exhibitions. These include “A Communion of the Spirits: African-American Quilters, 保存, and Their Stories”; “Arabbers of Baltimore,” celebrating the city’s traditional Black street vendors; “Southern Roads/City Pavements: Photographs of Black Americans”; and projects documenting folklife in Mississippi, ag真人娱乐州和费城.

科勒基金会获得了弗里曼的藏品, organized the materials and presented them to the University 库, 还有20美元,000 grant that Weiss anticipates using for preservation and digitization work on the collection. 2021年,基金会将 摄影师Burk Uzzle的收藏弗里曼的导师之一,在大学图书馆.

丽莎Testwuide, senior manager of art preservation at the Kohler Foundation said, “We knew the Southern Folklife Collection at Wilson Library would be an outstanding long-term steward of Roland Freeman’s photography collection because of their commitment to digitization and accessibility and because of our positive experience working with the team on the Burk Uzzle collection. Roland Freeman is a visual anthropologist and now generations will have the chance to better understand the times and communities he documented.”

选自罗兰L. 弗里曼收藏将作为展览的一部分 Recent Acquisitions Evening at the Wilson Special Collections Library 4月27日星期四下午6点到8点.m. The event showcasing new additions to Carolina’s special collections is free and open to the public.