Thomas S. Rankin

Thomas S. Rankin

Director of Graduate Studies for the Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental & Documentary Arts

External Address: 
1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90802, Durham, NC 27708-0802
(919) 660-3613


A photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist, Tom Rankin
has been documenting and interpreting American
culture for nearly twenty years. His books include
Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi
(1993), which received the Mississippi
Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography,
'Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre': Photographs of a River Life
(1995), Faulkner's World: The Photographs of
Martin J. Dain
(1997), and Local Heroes
Changing America: Indivisible

Education & Training

  • M.F.A., Georgia State University 1987

  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1983

  • B.A., Tufts University 1980

Rankin, Tom. “Rendering Local Community: Stories of Indivisible.” Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Oct. 2002.

Rankin, Tom. Photography’s Lure. Oct. 2002.