Behind the Lens: Jennifer Mesk, pictured center.

Humans of Asheville captures local life in pictures

It’s a sunny day when Jennifer Mesk, the photojournalist behind Humans of Asheville, sets out across the city that serves as her muse. Spotting a group of interesting-looking characters on Patton Avenue, she motions to them, then indicates her camera. They smile curiously, and she crosses the street. “Hi,” she says, smiling. “Can I take your picture?”

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Photo Division

Photography exhibit depicts child labor in NC during the early 1900s

Peering from across a century, many children look older than their years in photographs captured by Lewis Hines in the mill villages of Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Rowan and other North Carolina counties. The 40 images in the free exhibit, The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918, on loan from the N.C. Museum of History,will be shown at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Western Office June 23 to Oct. 3, during regular hours Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and in special evening and Saturday programs.

Kickstarter campaign launched to document stories of Southern Appalachian women-attachment0

Kickstarter campaign launched to document stories of Southern Appalachian women

At midnight on July 9, Asheville-based photographer Ian MacLellan and musician Emma Scudder launched a Kickstarter campaign for a documentary they hope to create. Called “We Are Here”, the multimedia project will tell the stories of Southern Appalachian women and, in the process, “redefine the way that outsiders see and think about Appalachia.” (Photo from the project’s Kickstarter page)