Hugh Mangum

Assorted photos from the Hugh Mangum collection.
Courtesy of the Nasher Museum

Self-taught portrait photographer Hugh Mangum thought of himself as an artist from a young age. He attended classes at the Methodist Female Seminary’s art department in Durham as a young boy and ultimately became a traveling photographer. 

  The late 19th century American South was marked by inequality; Jim Crow was the law of the land and racial segregation was both a social norm and a legal requirement.