A Briarcliff Document: Photography, Place, and Atlanta History Público

Davis, Brian (Spring 2015)

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A Briarcliff Document: Photography, Place, and Atlanta History By Brian McGrath Davis In 1998, Emory University acquired a 42-acre plot of land less than a mile west of the main campus. It was called Briarcliff Campus and, beginning in the spring semester of 2009, it became a place of interest in my research. Briarcliff's known historical record begins in the early nineteenth century and includes several unique periods of use: industrial farm, aristocratic estate, public recreational park, mental health facility, and collegiate campus. This dissertation documents a moment in that history through archival research and original photographs made by the author over several years. Those photographs are the foundation of the study, serving as both documents and entry points into a wider theoretical discussion about the photography of place and the recent popularity of ruin photography. As such, the project serves as a contextualized photographic document of a particular place, and it contributes to the photography of place, as influenced by documentary photography and humanistic geography. 

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SEQUENCE 1.  BULLETIN BOARDS                                                      1

CHAPTER 1.  AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION                     19

SEQUENCE 2.  THE MANSION                                                             46

CHAPTER 2.  A BRIEF HISTORY OF BRIARCLIFF                                   93

SEQUENCE 3.  THE POOL AND GROUNDS                                          193

CHAPTER 3.  PLACE: YI-FU TUAN AND ROBERT POLIDORI                 217

SEQUENCE 4.  THE COTTAGES                                                            252

CHAPTER 4.  RUIN PORN                                                                    271

SEQUENCE 5.  GEORGIA MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE                       343      

CHATPER 5.  CONCLUSION                                                                 379

SEQUENCE 6.  THE GROUNDS                                                             399

BIBLIOGRAPHY                                                                                    431

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