Kent Washburn (11/23/1939 - ) was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Belmont College and conducted graduate studies at Vanderbilt University. He moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where he worked as an administrative assistant with the Redevelopment Commission. In 1966, he made photographs for the Commission's Urban Redevelopment project to document the residents and living conditions of the East Riverside district of Asheville. Washburn left Asheville soon after and pursued a career in law, later becoming a District Court Judge in Burlington, North Carolina. These photographs were exhibited at the Asheville Art Museum in October 1966 and again in May 2004.