MADISON COUNTY STORIES
New Photographs by Rob Amberg
Photographs and Digital Stories by Madison County youth
and Duke University students
Exhibition Opening on Friday, November 30
Fredric Jameson Gallery, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Talk by the artist and mountain ballad singing at 7:00 PM
Photographer Rob Amberg has spent the past 39 years in Madison County, North Carolina, where he has chronicled the lives and stories of people in isolated mountain areas such as Sodom Laurel -- with its rugged but beautiful landscapes, small family farms, and generations of ballad singers. His portraits of generations of people in a changing culture reveal from the inside the lives of mountain people as they wrestle with the economic and social changes that are reshaping Appalachian North Carolina. Over the past summer, Amberg worked with middle school youth and Duke University students participating in the Spring Creek Literacy Project, a DukeEngage program serving girls and young women in North Carolina’s rural mountain communities. An upcoming exhibition of photographs and digital (multi-media) stories looks at life in Madison County through the eyes of local adolescent youth, Duke undergraduate students spending the summer in this rural setting, and a noted documentary photographer. The exhibition will be on view in the Fredric Jameson Gallery on Duke’s East Campus (Friedl Building) through December.