Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum
My deepest gratitude, and admiration for, the guidance and invaluable insight provided by Margaret Sartor. To Donna Zapf, Margaret Dennis, Dink Suddaby and Kent Wicker — my sincerest appreciation for your limitless support and encouragement throughout the past two years. Thank you, Karen Glynn, for the generous support that made this exhibition a reality. Many thanks to Courtney Reid-Eaton for welcoming Hugh Mangum’s photographs to the Center for Documentary Studies and for her wisdom in all aspects of this installation. Bill Bamberger, thank you for the phenomenal printing you did for this exhibition. Many thanks to David Page (1943–2011) for his years of valuable research on the cameras and technical methods of Mangum and his willingness to share this knowledge. Martha and Richard Sumler, thank you for the beautiful family heirlooms you have contributed to this exhibition. And thank you for inviting me into your home, where I was able to recognize Hugh as a son, father, brother, and grandfather. Hugh Mangum, I am indebted to you for many reasons, not the least of which is forcing me to ask questions about the world and about myself.
Because of the hard work and generosity of many other individuals, more than six hundred of Mangum’s negatives now reside in the Duke Archive of Documentary Arts and are available to the public for viewing online. For that, we can all be grateful.