Jim Graham served as commissioner of Agriculture in North Carolina for 30 years. This portrait was shot as part of a photo essay on the N.C. State Fair commissioned by the Oxford American magazine; that essay was republished later as a serial by the Raleigh News and Observer. This portrait features a lot of clues about Jim Graham's function: as the commissioner of agriculture, he was the "Godfather" of the fair, and also had an almost duty to smoke; he also wears the tie of N.C.S.U., which is in tight relation with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. I think of this image as the archetype of environmental portrait.

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