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Hogan Awarded Photo Grant

ECU photography professor Annie Hogan was awarded a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to photograph historic plantation houses throughout several southern states.

Hogan will use a pinhole camera made from a tiny box – technology used during the Civil War period – to capture the feel of dwellings during that era.

“The plantation house raises numerous issues so crucial to understanding the past and present,” Hogan said. “The plantation house in its grand, Georgian architecture depicts symmetry and beauty, yet the institution of slavery is one of asymmetry and tragedy.”

Using the simple pinhole camera, Hogan expects to create “simple images that obscure the complexity of that era.”

“My images aim to interpret and visually articulate specific concerns of ‘duality’ that may exist within them and between them, such as inside/outside, intimacy/distance and freedom/confinement,” Hogan said.

Hogan completed her undergraduate study at Queensland College of Art at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She earned her M.F.A. from the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

She joined ECU’s School of Art and Design in 2006.

This page originally appeared in the October 26, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at