Julia Cart


Photographer and preservationist Julia Cart is known for documenting the vanishing Low Country of South Carolina in black and white.  Inspired by 19th century photography, Cart works with antique view cameras and film.  Ancestrally linked to Charleston for many generations, it is natural and inherent to explore the Low County’s ghosts and daguerreotype artifacts, and portraits of surrounding plantations, as well as its tidal creeks, marshes, and beaches.  Cart’s work is in the permanent collection of the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston.

Julia Cart is a self taught photographer who studied art and French at UNC-Greeensboro, theatre arts at Goddard College in Vermont, and mime, movement and theatre at L’École Jacques LeCoq in Paris. Julia Cart served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. Her interest in large format photography began when she first attended ZONE VI workshops in Putney, Vermont. She returned there each summer through 1992, where her mentor was Fred Picker, a protoge of Ansel Adams.

Beginning in 1990, she began her photographic journey in historic preservation documentation, concentrating on the Sea Islands, backroads and small towns of South Carolina. Working with grants from the South Carolina Arts Commission, she taught workshops and exhibited in the midlands and upstate. Her early childhood in Charleston and the Peace Corps experience fueled her interests in documenting the Gullah community, its cultural, historic and artistic influence on the lowcountry. A collection of these images was published by Arcadia with text by historian and poet Nick Lindsay. Julia Cart works exclusivly in black and white film, large format photogrpahy. In her darkroom she develops and prints her work using both contemporary and antique printing processes. Her work is in corporate and private collections, both in the U.S. and abroad, as well as the permanent collections of the Gibbes Museum and the American Embassy in Sierra Leone, West Arrica.

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