The Bayard Wootten photographs collection contains two photographs related to her. The first one is generally referred to as Horse Traders, which features three weary Appalachian men staring to their right. The second photograph is untitled and features Bayard Wootten herself eating breakfast with three acquaintances. It is unkown whether Wootten took the second photograph or not.
Bayard Wootten (Mary Bayard Morgan Wootten) (1875-1959) was one of the South's most prominent early female photographers. She attended the North Carolina State Normal and Industrial School where she initially pursed painting but later switched to photography in 1904. She was a follower of pictorialism, which emphasized artistic content instead of technical quality. She began receiving recognition for her photography in 1928 when she moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Some of Wootten's most famous photographs were of Southern blacks and Appalachia in the early 20th century. She eventually settled into commercial photography, and is known as the first female member of the North Carolina National Guard and the first female aerial photographer. She retired in 1954.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Bayard Wootten photographs collection was deposited with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on an unknown date by an unknown source.