Margaret Sartor

Visiting Lecturer
Center for Documentary Studies

Margaret Sartor is a writer, photographer, curator and editor. She currently teaches at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Sartor’s critically acclaimed Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing Up in the 1970s is a memoir of adolescence based on the diaries she kept as a girl. As both a writer and a photographer, Sartor’s work addresses questions of personal identity and her photographs have been exhibited and published widely, including in shows at the Nasher Museum of Art and the North Carolina Museum of Art and publications such as: In Their Mother’s Eyes: Women Photographers and Their Children, A New Life: Stories and Photographs from the Suburban South, Aperture magazine, DoubleTake magazine, Esquire, The Oxford American and The New Yorker. Her photographs are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Mead Art Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art, as well as others. Margaret Sartor is also the author of What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney (co-edited with Geoff Dyer) and Gertrude Blom: Bearing Witness(co-edited with Alex Harris). She has curated photographic exhibitions at the International Center for Photography in New York, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.