DKU Library Donation Celebration: Tom Rankin’s 'Propitious Wind and Rain: Photographs from Kunshan | Duke Kunshan University

DKU Library Donation Celebration: Tom Rankin’s 'Propitious Wind and Rain: Photographs from Kunshan

DKU Library invites you to celebrate a new donation: photographs from Tom Rankin’s series Propitious Wind and Rain: Photographs from Kunshan.  

Date: Wednesday 29th of May

Time: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm   

Location: 2nd floor AB, near Library entrance  

At this celebration we will be joined by Professor Miguel Rojas Sotelo, visiting scholar at DKU and art historian, visual artist, activist, and curator. Professor Rojas-Sotelo curated the donated photographs as part of the Water Towns Environmental Film and Arts Festival, and will speak about the collection and its meaning for the DKU community. We will also be sharing a short video presentation by the photographer himself, Tom Rankin, recorded especially for this celebration. The collection was first displayed as part of the Water Towns Festival, and will be archived by the Library shortly after this event. Join us for one of the last chances to view this excellent collection before it goes into storage!  

About the collection:


Propitious Wind and Rain features photographs made by Tom Rankin in and around the new Duke Kunshan University campus in Kunshan, China, in the fall of 2016. While there, Rankin taught documentary film, participated in campus life, and explored Kunshan neighborhoods on his tricycle, 8x10 view camera in tow. Rankin focused on photographing the social and cultural landscape particularly, “the ways in which culture, business, and daily life are perpetually in negotiation with land and water.”  
A photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist, Tom Rankin has been documenting and interpreting American culture for over twenty years. His books include Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993), which received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography; 'Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre': Photographs of a River Life (1995); Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain (1997); and Local Heroes Changing America: Indivisible (2000). He is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Director of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University.