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Exhibition Opening: Wootten & Johnston Photographs

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition Wootten & Johnston: Pioneer Female Photographers and North Carolina’s Preservation Movement, UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library will host a free public event on October 28.


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Beginning at 5 p.m., visitors will be able to view the exhibition.  At 5:30 p.m., two speakers will deliver talks about the photography of Bayard Wootten and Frances Benjamin Johnston:

  • “Tales Old Photos Tell: Frances Benjamin Johnston’s Garden and Architectural Photography,” by Kristi Finefield, reference librarian at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress; and
  • “‘I know she thinks I’m the Devil’: Bayard Wootten and Frances Benjamin Johnston in Their Pursuits of Architectural Documentation,” by Stephen J. Fletcher, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archivist at UNC.

“The importance of Wootten and Johnston’s architectural books cannot be overstated,” said Fletcher. “They allowed people to see both the splendor and disrepair of the state’s architectural heritage by turning pages rather than driving many hundreds of miles.”

Both Wootten and Johnston published books of their photographs with the University of North Carolina Press.

The exhibition will be on view in the North Carolina Collection Gallery of Wilson Library through January 31.


Exhibition opening
Wootten & Johnston: Pioneer Female Photographers and North Carolina’s Preservation Movement
Wednesday, October 28
5 p.m. exhibition viewing | 5:30 p.m. program
Wilson Special Collections Library
University of North Carolin at Chapel Hill
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

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