Dornith Doherty: Altered Terrain series, 2007




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Using specimens and found objects collected on site, Doherty arranges a carefully constructed still-life tableau, projects other imagery onto it, and then photographs the assemblage with a view camera. Her multi-layered compositions speak volumes about the natural world and humanity’s stewardship of it, while also commenting on critical issues affecting the contemporary landscape.

“I am fascinated by systems in which knowledge of past times and distant places is transmitted by capturing, transporting, and displaying diverse visual evidence, be it natural history specimens or expeditionary photographs,” writes the artist. The resulting landscape photographs in this series refer “to an environment being transfigured by a host of critical issues.” via

Photographer Sally Mann reflects on the life of Virginia Franklin Carter (1894–1994), an African American woman who helped raise the artist and her two brothers in Lexington, Virginia. "My parents were important but Virginia may have been the single most important person in my life,” says Mann, who named her youngest daughter after Carter. They are pictured together in Mann’s series The Two Virginias.

Mann interviewed Carter’s children for her forthcoming memoir Hold Still, due out in May 2015. Mann writes: "Left with six children and a public education system for which she paid taxes but which forbade classes for black children beyond the seventh grade, Gee-Gee managed somehow to send each of them to out-of-state boarding schools and, ultimately, to college.” Featured in addition to The Two Virginias are images from Mann’s Deep South series and her photograph Virginia Asleep (1988) via