top of page



Please buy from a local, independent bookstore if possible


Also available at major retailers


A 2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Longlisted, 2020 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards

“This book offers a rare glimpse into the life and work of a talented and artistic southern photographer born and raised in Durham. . . . Careful selections include more than ninety pages of photographs that highlight Mangum’s ability and sensibility as a photographer, his playfulness and humor, and the ease and comfort his clients felt in his company. . . . A significant contribution to the study of photography in North Carolina.”

--North Carolina Historical Review


Margaret Sartor had been teaching at Duke University and conducting research in the Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Special Collections Library for more than a decade when she became aware of Hugh Mangum’s portraits in 2008. Soon Mangum’s work became part of a Duke course she designed specifically to encourage students to research within the library’s archives and to write about photographic meaning. In 2014, she began collaborating with Alex Harris and, after six years of working together, in 2019, they co-edited the book, Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum 1897-1922. That same year, Sartor and Harris curated an accompanying exhibition of the same title at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Now, in 2021, a selection of Hugh Mangum’s portraits from Where We Find Ourselves is on exhibit at the ACA Galleries in New York. 

bottom of page