Where We Find Ourselves - The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922


Sep 7 – Oct 23, 2021

PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE: Where We Find Ourselves - The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922, Sep  7 - Oct 23, 2021

Where We Find Ourselves - The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922
Sep 7 – Oct 23, 2021

ACA Galleries, in collaboration with MB Abram, is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Hugh Mangum (1897-1922), on view September 7 through October 23, 2021. 

For the first time an exclusive limited edition of select photographs of Hugh Mangum, authorized and certified by the David M. Rubenstein Library at Duke University, owner of the glass plate negatives will be available.

Mangum worked in Durham, North Carolina, and Virginia, in the Jim Crow South between 1897 and 1922. He defied every social and artistic tradition of his place and time. When racial segregation, discrimination, and violence against African Americans had become the order of the day in the post Reconstruction South, Hugh Mangum maintained an open door policy, photographing blacks, whites, rich and poor, straight and gay without distinction.

After his death at the age of 44, Mangum's glass plate negatives remained stored in his studio inside a family tobacco packing barn, where they were forgotten for almost fifty years.

A monograph, (University of North Carolina Press in association with Duke University, 2019), will be available.