Thomas S. Rankin
Professor of the Practice of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
M.F.A., Georgia State University 1987
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1983
B.A., Tufts University 1980
A photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist, Tom Rankin has been documenting and interpreting American culture for nearly 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).
ExpertisePhotography, filmmaking, folklore
Rankin, Tom. Truths of the Matter: Traditions in Documentary Studies. 2012.
Rankin, Tom, and Iris Tillman Hill, editors. Colors of Confinement: Color Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II. University of North Carolina Press, 2012.
Jackson, B., and D. Christian. In This Timeless Time. Edited by I. T. Hill and T. S. Rankin, University of North Carolina Press, 2011.
Rankin, T. S. Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound. Edited by Tom Rankin et al., 2010.
Rankin, Tom. Beyond Beauty: The Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. The Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, 2009.
Rankin, Tom. Local Heroes Changing America: Indivisible. W.W. Norton and Company/Lyndhurst Books, 2000.
Rankin, Tom. “Judgment and Grace in Dixie.” Judgment and Grace in Dixie, edited by Charles Reagan Wilson, The University of Georgia Press, 2007.
Rankin, Tom. “Careful Tending.” Last Harvest: Truck Farmers in the Deep South, edited by P. Dilbeck, University of Georgia Press, 2006.
Rankin, Tom. “Home and Away at 25.” 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Phogtographers, Powerhouse Books, 2003.
Rankin, Tom. “The Cruel Radiance of the Obvious.” Southern Cultures, 2011.
Rankin, Tom. Maasai Community of Lakipia. Sept. 2009.
Rankin, Tom. “Mike Seeger Remembered.” Porch Gallery, 2009.
Rankin, Tom. “Paul Kwilecki Remembered.” Porch Gallery, 2009.
Rankin, Tom. “Visualizing the World of William Faulkner.” American Studies International, Oct. 1998, edited by Peter J. Brownlee, vol. XXXVI, University of Press of Mississippi, 2007.
Rankin, T. “Seeing What We Need To See.” The Light Factory, 2007.
Rankin, T. “Share a Table, Make a Friend.” Appalachian Heritage, 2007.
Rankin, T. “The Injuries of Time and Weather.” Southern Cultures, vol. 13.2, 2007, pp. 3–28.
Rankin, T. “Putting a Bottom Under It.” Oxford American, no. 49, 2005.
Rankin, T. “In Wildness (photo essay).” Daylight Magazine, vol. 1, 2004.
Rankin, Tom. The Lure of the Picture and the Nature of Tradition. 2002.
Rankin, Tom. Crossroads and the Cross: Visualizing the Blues, Visualizing the Blues Symposium. 2000.
Rankin, Tom. "Carried to the Heart:: Faith & Doubt". 1999.
Rankin, Tom. "Near the Cross": Rendering Faiths in the American South". 1999.
Nine Visions: Photography With Southern Vision. Creator. (2011)
Outlands: Land Over Time. Creator. (2011)
Place Meets Time. Creator. (2010)
one person show
Five Farms: Stories from American Farm Families. Creator. (2009)
Near the Cross: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta. Creator. (2008)
Tell Me A Story - Unburied Treasures. Creator. (2008)
Larry Brown: 24 Photographs by Tom Rankin. Creator. (2007)
Seeing What We Need To See. Creator. (2007)
Sacred Space: Photographs of African-American Spirituality. Creator. (2006)
Catfish: Personal Stories from the Southern Wilderness. Creator. (2006)
Graduate Film Scholarship awarded by Princess Grace Foundation-USA (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019
Film Fellowship awarded by Princess Grace Foundation-USA (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016
UndraBorn: Extraordinary Children awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2010
Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2008
Nuestras Historias/Nuestros Suenos: Our History/Our Dreams - Latino Immigrants in North Carolina awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2007
Gallery in the Classroom awarded by National Endowment for the Arts (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2002