While Paul Kwilecki (1928–2009) ranks among the most important American documentary photographers of the twentieth century, he is also one of the least well known. The self-taught artist was born and lived his entire life in Bainbridge, Georgia, running the family hardware store, raising a family, and documenting life in his community over the course of four decades, making hundreds of masterful and intimate black-and-white prints. “I know of no single body of images with a reach and resonance to match what Paul did in Decatur County,” says Rankin. One Place includes more than two hundred of Kwilecki’s images as well as selected prose. In a recent interview with CDS digital arts and publishing intern Joel Mora, Rankin gave some insight into Kwilecki’s style and work ethic.
One Place is published by the Center for Documentary Studies in partnership with the University of North Carolina Press, part of the Documentary Arts and Culture Series. The Paul Kwilecki Photographs and Papers Collection is held in the Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University.
Video edited by Joel Mora.