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OPENING: Smokes and Mirrors: Reflection of the Self in Photographs by John Menapace
Start Date: 9/25/2014 All Day

Event Description:
Call 919.513.7244 or email zoe_starling@ncsu.edu to schedule a visit.

In 1955, 28-year-old John Menapace decided to leave his job as a production and design assistant at Oxford University Press and head off to Mexico on a motorcycle. He bought a second-hand camera to record the journey. Somehow the Mexico trip fell through, but the camera opened up a whole new way of seeing. By the time he moved to North Carolina the following year to become designer and production manager for Duke University Press, his camera had become an almost constant companion, second only to the cigarettes he famously chain-smoked.

Menapace eventually founded the first studio photography courses at Duke, soon followed by summer workshops at the Penland School of Crafts and classes at UNC-Chapel Hill. Many of the more well known photographers in the region (Elizabeth Matheson and Caroline Vaughan among them) trace much of their own visual lineage and way of working back to Menapace and his teaching. Fellow photographer David Simonton has called him "the father of art photography in North Carolina."

When Menapace died in the summer of 2010, he left behind a legacy of hundreds of photography books from his personal library, thousands of black and white prints, and tens of thousands of negatives, all of which were eventually transferred to the Gregg’s permanent collection. Since July 2012, Spanish photo historian Bélen Morata and retired lawyer Sam Kirby have been carefully cataloging and archiving the trove. Never-before-exhibited selections from among their discoveries form the core of SMOKES AND MIRRORS.
Location Information:
Chancellor's Residence  (View Map)
1903 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC
Admission Information:
Call 919.513.7244 or email zoe_starling@ncsu.edu
to schedule a visit.
Event URL:
http://www.ncsu.edu/gregg/index.html

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