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A new photography exhibit, “Cabin in the Woods: The Early Appalachian Still Life Photography of Jack Jeffers,” is now on display in the Dougherty Reading Room in Special Collections on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons. The exhibit is accessible during the regular operating hours of the Dougherty Reading Room, Monday through Friday, 10am – 4pm. Jack Jeffers donated much of his 40 years-worth of work to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in the spring of 2011. The bulk of this work represents Jeffers’ Appalachian portfolio, which he saw as capturing a vanishing way of life in the mountain south.
Curated by Appalachian Studies graduate student and Dougherty Reading Room reference assistant David Funderburk, the exhibit includes eight photographs that represent the early stages of photographer Jack Jeffers’ decades of work documenting the Appalachian region. Jeffers’ career was marked by the artist’s desire to seek out and capture images of the “true mountain people.” The images in the current exhibit track Jeffers’ 1969 discovery of an abandoned cabin in the Virginia woods, which he saw as a relic of this disappearing way of life. Jeffers’ work presents a view of mountain life that is at once elevated to the sublime by the artist’s reverence for the precious nature of his subject matter and punctuated by horrific displays of abandonment and decay.
If you are interested in learning more about Jack Jeffers, please visit his website. For more information about the exhibit, please contact the Dougherty Reading Room at 828-262-7974 or firstname.lastname@example.org.