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State Fair, Raleigh NC 1984

State Fair, Raleigh NC 1984

Evening Land

I have been working on this documentary project in one form or another for as long as I have been able to pick up a camera. Initially focused on the South, where I grew up, I have been drawn to subjects that are simultaneously familiar and foreign. I have looked with wonder on an America that has catapulted toward the end of a millenium while clinging for dear life to all its old idiosyncracies.

The title is taken from a line by the great southern writer Walker Percy, with whom I share both North Carolina and New Orleans roots. "It's an interesting age you live in - though I can't say I'm sorry to miss it. But it should be quite a sight, the going under of the evening land. That's us all right. And I can tell you, my young friend, it is evening. It is very late." (The Moviegoer)

Bryce Lankard

State Fair, Raleigh, NC 1984

State Fair, Raleigh, NC 1984

Portions of this project have appeared in numerous exhibitions under a variety of titles, from my very first solo exhibition, National Dread, at the Galerie Avant Gout, in New Orleans in March of 1988 to Across County Lines: Contemporary Photography from the Piedmont at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in 2018.

Kind words have been written from time to time about this work, but perhaps my first review remains my favorite.

By Roger Green in the Times-Picayune: “Bryce Lankard...whose photographs of landscapes and people--mostly taken in the South--underscore many nasty, tawdry, even grotesque, aspects of life in the U.S. of A. Conveying moral outrage that recalls the film ‘Easy Rider’, the artist’s black-and-white and color photos hold up a mirror, confronting the viewer with facts he knows to be true, but attributes to the folly of others, usually at a far remove. Lankard discovers and frames striking images that, beyond documenting mindlessness and excess, often reveal a betrayal of American values.”

Waynesville, VA 1986

Waynesville, VA 1986

PTL, Heritage Village, USA, Fort Mill, SC 1983

PTL, Heritage Village, USA, Fort Mill, SC 1983

Continental Divide, New Mexico, 1985

Continental Divide, New Mexico, 1985

Outside Liberty, TX 1986

Outside Liberty, TX 1986

Camp and St. Mary Street, New Orleans, LA 1987

Camp and St. Mary Street, New Orleans, LA 1987

South of the Border, SC 1984

South of the Border, SC 1984

Outer Banks, NC 1983

Outer Banks, NC 1983

Cab Company, Chapel Hill, NC 1983

Cab Company, Chapel Hill, NC 1983

Patrick, Marriage Chapel and Motel, Dillon, SC 1983

Patrick, Marriage Chapel and Motel, Dillon, SC 1983

Laundry day, rural NC 1984

Laundry day, rural NC 1984

July 5th, Silva, NC 1983

July 5th, Silva, NC 1983

South of the Border, SC 1984

South of the Border, SC 1984

21st birthday. Chapel HIll, NC 1984

21st birthday. Chapel HIll, NC 1984

Beauty Contest, Golden Meadow, LA 1995

Beauty Contest, Golden Meadow, LA 1995

Jesse Helms Headquarters, Election NIght, Raleigh NC 1984

Jesse Helms Headquarters, Election NIght, Raleigh NC 1984

Grocery, Carrboro, NC 1983

Grocery, Carrboro, NC 1983

July 4th, Biloxi, Miss 1992

July 4th, Biloxi, Miss 1992

Morning Chores, Carrboro, NC 1984

Morning Chores, Carrboro, NC 1984

Commencement, Chapel Hill, NC 1983

Commencement, Chapel Hill, NC 1983

Irish Channel, New Orleans LA 1992

Irish Channel, New Orleans LA 1992

Springfest, Chapel Hill, NC 1984

Springfest, Chapel Hill, NC 1984

Young Republicans, Republican National Convention, New Orleans, LA 1986

Young Republicans, Republican National Convention, New Orleans, LA 1986

Flag Day, Weldon, NC 1993

Flag Day, Weldon, NC 1993

Flag Day, Weldon, NC 1993

Flag Day, Weldon, NC 1993

Rural Georgia, 1984

Rural Georgia, 1984

Rural Georgia, 1984

Rural Georgia, 1984

View of New Orleans from CAC. 1989

View of New Orleans from CAC. 1989

Cutoff, LA 1988

Cutoff, LA 1988

Varsity Diner, Atlanta GA 1984

Varsity Diner, Atlanta GA 1984

Gulfport, MIss 1987

Gulfport, MIss 1987

Highway 54, NC 1983

Highway 54, NC 1983

State Fair, Raleigh NC 1984

Evening Land

I have been working on this documentary project in one form or another for as long as I have been able to pick up a camera. Initially focused on the South, where I grew up, I have been drawn to subjects that are simultaneously familiar and foreign. I have looked with wonder on an America that has catapulted toward the end of a millenium while clinging for dear life to all its old idiosyncracies.

The title is taken from a line by the great southern writer Walker Percy, with whom I share both North Carolina and New Orleans roots. "It's an interesting age you live in - though I can't say I'm sorry to miss it. But it should be quite a sight, the going under of the evening land. That's us all right. And I can tell you, my young friend, it is evening. It is very late." (The Moviegoer)

Bryce Lankard

State Fair, Raleigh, NC 1984

Portions of this project have appeared in numerous exhibitions under a variety of titles, from my very first solo exhibition, National Dread, at the Galerie Avant Gout, in New Orleans in March of 1988 to Across County Lines: Contemporary Photography from the Piedmont at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in 2018.

Kind words have been written from time to time about this work, but perhaps my first review remains my favorite.

By Roger Green in the Times-Picayune: “Bryce Lankard...whose photographs of landscapes and people--mostly taken in the South--underscore many nasty, tawdry, even grotesque, aspects of life in the U.S. of A. Conveying moral outrage that recalls the film ‘Easy Rider’, the artist’s black-and-white and color photos hold up a mirror, confronting the viewer with facts he knows to be true, but attributes to the folly of others, usually at a far remove. Lankard discovers and frames striking images that, beyond documenting mindlessness and excess, often reveal a betrayal of American values.”

Waynesville, VA 1986

PTL, Heritage Village, USA, Fort Mill, SC 1983

Continental Divide, New Mexico, 1985

Outside Liberty, TX 1986

Camp and St. Mary Street, New Orleans, LA 1987

South of the Border, SC 1984

Outer Banks, NC 1983

Cab Company, Chapel Hill, NC 1983

Patrick, Marriage Chapel and Motel, Dillon, SC 1983

Laundry day, rural NC 1984

July 5th, Silva, NC 1983

South of the Border, SC 1984

21st birthday. Chapel HIll, NC 1984

Beauty Contest, Golden Meadow, LA 1995

Jesse Helms Headquarters, Election NIght, Raleigh NC 1984

Grocery, Carrboro, NC 1983

July 4th, Biloxi, Miss 1992

Morning Chores, Carrboro, NC 1984

Commencement, Chapel Hill, NC 1983

Irish Channel, New Orleans LA 1992

Springfest, Chapel Hill, NC 1984

Young Republicans, Republican National Convention, New Orleans, LA 1986

Flag Day, Weldon, NC 1993

Flag Day, Weldon, NC 1993

Rural Georgia, 1984

Rural Georgia, 1984

View of New Orleans from CAC. 1989

Cutoff, LA 1988

Varsity Diner, Atlanta GA 1984

Gulfport, MIss 1987

Highway 54, NC 1983

State Fair, Raleigh NC 1984
State Fair, Raleigh, NC 1984
Waynesville, VA 1986
PTL, Heritage Village, USA, Fort Mill, SC 1983
Continental Divide, New Mexico, 1985
Outside Liberty, TX 1986
Camp and St. Mary Street, New Orleans, LA 1987
South of the Border, SC 1984
Outer Banks, NC 1983
Cab Company, Chapel Hill, NC 1983
Patrick, Marriage Chapel and Motel, Dillon, SC 1983
Laundry day, rural NC 1984
July 5th, Silva, NC 1983
South of the Border, SC 1984
21st birthday. Chapel HIll, NC 1984
Beauty Contest, Golden Meadow, LA 1995
Jesse Helms Headquarters, Election NIght, Raleigh NC 1984
Grocery, Carrboro, NC 1983
July 4th, Biloxi, Miss 1992
Morning Chores, Carrboro, NC 1984
Commencement, Chapel Hill, NC 1983
Irish Channel, New Orleans LA 1992
Springfest, Chapel Hill, NC 1984
Young Republicans, Republican National Convention, New Orleans, LA 1986
Flag Day, Weldon, NC 1993
Flag Day, Weldon, NC 1993
Rural Georgia, 1984
Rural Georgia, 1984
View of New Orleans from CAC. 1989
Cutoff, LA 1988
Varsity Diner, Atlanta GA 1984
Gulfport, MIss 1987
Highway 54, NC 1983