ONE DAY PROJECTS promotes creative dialogue by challenging artists to collaboratively produce and publish innovative projects within a 24-hour time period.
Eliot Dudik is a photographic artist, educator, and bookmaker exploring the connection between culture, memory, landscape, history, and politics. His first monograph, ROAD ENDS IN WATER, was published in 2010. In 2012, Dudik was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and one of Oxford American Magazine’s 100 New Superstars of Southern Art. He was awarded the PhotoNOLA Review Prize in 2014 for his Broken Land and Still Lives portfolio. Dudik taught photography at the University of South Carolina from 2011 to 2014 before founding the photography program within the Department of Art and Art History at the College of William & Mary, where he currently teaches and directs the Andrews Gallery.
Jared Ragland’s photographic and found-image work is rooted in his lifelong exposure to the landscapes, people, aesthetics, and storytelling traditions of the South. A former White House photo editor under the Bush and Obama administrations, Ragland currently teaches and coordinates exhibitions and community programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His work has been exhibited internationally and recently featured by The Oxford American, The New York Times, and TIME. Ragland is a graduate of LaGrange College and holds an MFA from Tulane University.
ABOUT OR GIVE ME DEATH
Photographed, printed and bound on the occasion of the Candela Books + Gallery Indie PhotoBook Showcase, May 4-7, 2016 in Richmond, Va., OR GIVE ME DEATH is the second collaborative ONE DAY PROJECT by Eliot Dudik and Jared Ragland. OR GIVE ME DEATH is a meditation on patriotism and civil liberties, interweaving references to revolutionaries including Founding Father Patrick Henry, slave rebellion leader Gabriel Prosser, and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Photographed, edited, designed, printed, and bound during the 2015 PhotoNOLA festival, BRAS-COUPÉ marks the first ONE DAY PROJECT by Eliot Dudik and Jared Ragland.
The book features photographs inspired by the Louisiana folk tale of Bras-Coupé, a one-armed runaway slave turned outlaw brigand. Multiple myths surround the character, describing him as both boogeyman and folk hero, talismanic figure and cautionary tale. From Congo Square in New Orleans to the swamps south of the city, Dudik and Ragland have created a series of photographs that tap into the mysteries of forgotten history yet also reflect upon how violence continues to be played out upon the black male body.