south holston lake, holston mountains, tennessee

Hugh Morton is pretty much the granddaddy of all photographers in the state of North Carolina; he worked as a photographer from 1933 to the early 21st century, capturing some of the most iconic images in the history of the NC. The North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill was gifted with Morton’s entire career archive in 2007 by his widow, and they’ve been digitizing, cataloging, organizing and sharing it ever since.

A View To Hugh is one of my favorite photography blogs in my feed reader, mostly because it’s inspiring to see what someone who worked and shot here for such a long period of time saw and continued over the years to see in the state.  The NCC just received a grant to commission essays on the life and work of Morton, which are being collected and posted as Worth 1000 Words: Essays on the Photos of Hugh Morton from now until July. You can read the first essay here, and then it’s worth poking around the blog to see some of what Hugh Morton was doing. Even if you aren’t interested in photography, some of his subjects are absolutely inspiring.

Thinking about people who are gone today: Hugh Morton, though of course that wasn’t recent; Howard Zinn; J.D. Salinger. That’s a lot of great minds that are not here anymore.

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