5:00 p.m. Exhibition viewing, book sales, reception
5:30 p.m. Program
6:30 p.m. Book signing
The program “Bayard Wootten: Then and Now” is the exhibition opening for “‘The joy is in the going.’: Bayard Wootten Photographs North Carolina and The South.” The event will feature talks by Jerry Cotten and Stephen Fletcher and a book signing by Cotten for the reprint edition of Light and Air: The Photography of Bayard Wootten by UNC Press (2017).
Bayard Wootten was North Carolina’s most important photographer in the first half of the 20th century. Her biography Light and Air: The Photography of Bayard Wootten, by Jerry Cotten and published by The University of North Carolina Press in 1998, serves as an excellent overview of her career. The press issued a reprint edition of this book in October 2017. Research tools not available to Cotten have provided additional insights into Wootten’s career.
This event will begin with an introduction to Wootten by Cotten. Stephen Fletcher will then share information about Wootten learned through his research using new tools, and explain some of the challenges that remain with preserving Wootten’s photographic negatives. Attendees will also have an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the author.
The Mary Bayard Morgan Wootten Collection of photographic prints and negatives is a significant collection within the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives at the Wilson Special Collections Library.