Thompson is a freelance photogapher, currently serving as Multimedia Producer for WVU Magazine in Morgantown. He received his Masters degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in and Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from University of Mary Washington. His work has been featured in WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, NBC News, and The New York Times. He has won several awards for his work including the 2012 Alexia Foundation Grant Award of Excellence and the 2011 Carnegie-Knight Fellowship. http://www.raymondthompsonjr.com/divide/
The Divide, an exhibit of black and white photographs on display in the WVU Libraries' Downtown Campus Library Atrium, documents a van trip for families from urban Virginia to visit their relatives incarcerated in Appalachia.
The installation consists of 10 printed photographs as well as an interactive tablet so visitors may see additional photos and learn more about the project created by Raymond Thompson, a multimedia producer for WVU Magazine. A participatory element allows visitors to comment about the impact of the exhibit and share their own experiences.
The images reveal both the significance and difficulty of these trips that strengthen social ties to family and community.