We are the Music Makers! educates and engages viewers in the cultural history of Southern traditional music. We are the Music Makers features photo and audio documentation of Southern Roots musicians active in the past 20 years, all photographed and recorded by Tim Duffy in his quest to preserve Southern traditional music by partnering with the artists who make it. The multi-media materials highlight questions of how poverty, geography and age have limited the exposure of these artists, causing the widespread idea that the musical traditions they perform have “died out.”
Music Maker Tintype works to document and present traditional musicians, carrying forward our Southern Roots into the future. Through Music Maker Tin Type, we are training our lens on our Southern roots, shining a light on the pioneering musicians who preserve our cultural heritage. To preserve these artists’ images in perpetuity, these photographs will be archived in the Timothy Duffy collection at Wilson Library at UNC Chapel Hill. Three of these tin type photographs have been added to the Smithsonian’s Permanent Collection.