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Margaret Sartor

Duke University

As renowned photographer and William Gedney scholar, Margaret Sartor currently teaches at Duke University and is based in Durham with her husband and two children. Born and raised in Louisiana, Sartor took intimate photographs of her hometown and family, many of which appeared in a number of photographic books like In Their Mother's EyesBlack: A Celebration of CultureThe Spirit of Family, and A New Life: Stories and Photographs from the Suburban South, edited by our very own Alex Harris and Alice George. Her influential memoir, Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing Up in the 1970's, is based on the diaries and notebooks she kept as a little girl, and delving into the same emotional and geographic territory has continued to evolve and shape her photographs for almost two decades. She has curated exhibitions of photography at the International Center for Photography in New York, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and the San Francisco Museum of Art. She has published three books about photography.