Julia Cart is a self-taught photographer who studied art and French literature at
UNC-Greensboro, theater arts at Goddard College in Vermont, and mime, movement
and theatre at L’École Jacques LeCoq in Paris. Cart served as a Peace Corps
Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. Her interest in large format film photography
began when she first attended ZONE VI workshops in Putney, Vermont in 1989. She
returned each summer through 1992. Her teacher and mentor was Fred Picker, a
protégé of Ansel Adams.
Beginning in 1989, she began her photographic journey in historic preservation and
documentation, concentrating on the sea islands, back roads, and small towns of
South Carolina. Working with grants from the SC Arts Commission, she taught
numerous workshops and had exhibits in the midlands and upstate. Her early
childhood in Charleston and the Peace Corps experience in West Africa inspired and
fueled her interest in visually documenting the Gullah culture; it’s historical, cultural
and artistic influence in the Lowcountry. A collection of images of this project are
published in a book by Arcadia Press in 2000, AND I’M GLAD: An Oral History of
Edisto Island, with text by oral historian and poet Nick Lindsay.
Cart works exclusively in black and white film, large format photography. In her
darkroom she develops and prints her work using both contemporary and antique
Her work is in corporate and private collections both in the U.S. and abroad, as well
as permanent collectios of the Gibbes Museum and the American Embassy in Sierra
Leone, West Africa.