Man Reaping, Penland, NC (Cole Dixon)
Bayard Wootten (1875-1959), who began her work in visual arts as a painter, was one of the South’s most accomplished female photographers. In 1904, she began working in photography and is assumed to have become the first aerial photographer, the first woman in North Carolina National Guard, the first woman to make her living as a photographer and one of the first photographers of the black and white poor. Her emphasis was on artistic effects more than on the documentary and realistic effects popular in her day. A book "Light And Air: The Photography of Bayard Wooten" was written by Jerry S. Cotton and published by UNC Press in 1998.