Collection Number: P0113

Collection Title: Matthew Leavitt Photographs, February 2017-March 2018

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Size 1900 items
Abstract The Matthew Leavitt Photographs consist of images taken by photographer, Matthew Leavitt, depicting scenes from several protests, marches, and rallies on women's rights, gun control, immigration, and science, held in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, N.C., between February 2017 and March 2018. Events depicted in the collection include the "No Ban, No Wall, Rally," "Women's Rally," "Womens March," "March for Science," and "March For Our Lives."
Creator Leavitt, Matthew, 1947-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Matthew Leavitt Photographs #P0113, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Matthew Leavitt in July 2018 (Acc. 103348).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Matthew Leavitt provided the following biographical information* in October 2018:

Matthew Leavitt was born in New York City in 1947. He attended Boston University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism with a minor in photojournalism in 1970. He worked in New York in survey research for many years specializing in predictive analysis in the political arena and statistical research in the social sciences. Leavitt moved to rural Maine, where neither work field was possible, and became a computer store owner until the viability of small independent stores disappeared. He moved to North Carolina and Fearrington Village, circa 2009, one of the luckiest, most unplanned decisions in his life.

Leavitt has always been interested in photography, but had become something of a vacation snapshot shooter until the advent, in the early 2000s, of digital photography. The ease with which his computer skills dovetailed with using a digital camera rekindled his love. He has been out taking pictures of eagles, ospreys, herons, hummingbirds (and almost any other kind of bird), butterflies, bees, dragonflies, otters, lizards and reptiles, flowers, landscapes and people ever since. The Women's March in Raleigh in January of 2017 was inspirational for him and he has photographed eight of the subsequent marches, demonstrations and rallies in the triangle. Leavitt has focused on the faces of the participants and the fascinating signs that they carried. He often intentionally used a cellphone camera rather than a digital single lens reflex camera in order to blend into the crowd.

Leavitt is a co-founder of the Fearrington Photography Group, and a member of the Chatham Artists Guild and the Artist Studios at Fearrington Village. He is also a charter member of the Galloway Ridge Artists Collaboration. Leavitt was the featured artist at the Carrboro Art Center “Saving the Pollinators” exhibit 2017 and he had a one-person exhibition of photographs at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences titled "Birds and Butterflies" during the summer of 2018.

*Matthew Leavitt's original text was lightly edited to conform with the style guide in use.

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The Matthew Leavitt Photographs consist of images taken by photographer, Matthew Leavitt, depicting scenes from several protests, marches, and rallies on women's rights, gun control, immigration, and science, held in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, N.C., between February 2017 and March 2018. Events depicted in the collection include the "No Ban, No Wall, Rally," "Women's Rally," "Womens March," "March for Science," and "March For Our Lives."

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Contents list

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Approximately 1900 items

Arrangment: Chronological

Processing Note: Titles were derived from original folder names and structure. Some folders may have sub-folders labeled "Better" and/or "Best" that indicate images selected by photographer.

Digital Folder DF-P0113/01

No Wall, No Ban, No Fear Rally, Raleigh N.C., 5 February 2017 #P0113, Series: "Matthew Leavitt Photographs, circa February 2017-March 2018." DF-P0113/01

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Digital Folder DF-P0113/02

Moral March, Raleigh, N.C., 11 February 2017 #P0113, Series: "Matthew Leavitt Photographs, circa February 2017-March 2018." DF-P0113/02

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Digital Folder DF-P0113/03

Resistance Rodeo, Durham, N.C., 4 March 2017 #P0113, Series: "Matthew Leavitt Photographs, circa February 2017-March 2018." DF-P0113/03

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Digital Folder DF-P0113/08

March For Our Lives, Raleigh, N.C., 24 March 2017 #P0113, Series: "Matthew Leavitt Photographs, circa February 2017-March 2018." DF-P0113/08

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Digital Folder DF-P0113/04

March for Science, Raleigh, N.C., 22 April 2017 #P0113, Series: "Matthew Leavitt Photographs, circa February 2017-March 2018." DF-P0113/04

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Digital Folder DF-P0113/05

March for Truth, Raleigh, N.C., 3 June 2017 #P0113, Series: "Matthew Leavitt Photographs, circa February 2017-March 2018." DF-P0113/05

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Digital Folder DF-P0113/06

Women's Rally, Raleigh, N.C., 20 January 2018 #P0113, Series: "Matthew Leavitt Photographs, circa February 2017-March 2018." DF-P0113/06

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Digital Folder DF-P0113/07

Women's March, Raleigh, N.C., 21 January 2018 #P0113, Series: "Matthew Leavitt Photographs, circa February 2017-March 2018." DF-P0113/07

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Digital Folder DF-P0113/09

UNC Rally For Our Lives, Chapel Hill, N.C., 29 March 2018 #P0113, Series: "Matthew Leavitt Photographs, circa February 2017-March 2018." DF-P0113/09

Digital Image Files

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Processing Information

Processed by: Stephen Fletcher and Patrick Cullom, September-October 2018

Encoded by: Patrick Cullom, October 2018

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