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Mother and son waiting outside court room, 1981 Jan.

(Understandings)

Decatur County Court House

Paul Kwilecki (1928-2009)

Item ID    kwlph010010010

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Marriage in the ordinary's office, 1981 Apr.

Decatur County Court House

Paul Kwilecki (1928-2009)

Item ID kwlph010010170

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Two women (head shot) in front of tobacco barn,

1966 (Understandings)

Paul Kwilecki (1928-2009)

Item ID    kwlph080010240

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Three workers resting on benches under shade, 1965

Caption by photographer (Kwilecki):

"Workers resting in field.

They are in the process of stringing the plants up."

Paul Kwilecki (1928-2009)

Item ID kwlph080010200

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Paul Kwilecki    1928-2009

 

Paul Kwilecki’s

day job

was running

a hardware store,

but his passion

was documenting

his hometown,

Decatur County, Ga.

 

In the 1960s,

the self-taught

photographer

wrote

to such luminaries

as Ansel Adams

and David Vestal,

hoping to get an honest

assessment of his work.

 

Adams suggested

he go for deeper

tones of black.

 

Vestal suggested

he go deeper

into his passion.

 

“I know that to do

the kind of work

I want to do,”

Vestal wrote,

“photography can’t be

a pastime or hobby.”

 

To the dismay of his wife,

Mr. Kwilecki took that advice,

selling his store in 1975

and devoting himself

to detailing life

in his hometown

until he died in 2009

at the age of 81.

 

He was fascinated

by all aspects

of Decatur County,

especially its black

agricultural farmers

and working-class residents.

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/24/a-life-sold-on-photography/

 

 

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