Amanda Berg and Sarah Stacke: 2014–15 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows

From "Love From Manenberg." Photograph by Sarah Stacke.

From “Love From Manenberg.” Photograph by Sarah Stacke.

Founded on the spirit, values, and actions of Lewis Hine, the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program at the Center for Documentary Studies connects the talents of young documentarians with the resources and needs of organizations serving children and their communities around the world. Read more about Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows and their work on the program’s blog at lewishinefellowshipblog.org.

CDS is pleased to announce the 2014–15 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows, both of whom will be working with organizations in the New York City area:

AMANDA BERG

To be a photographer is to be in the world; at the heart of Amanda Berg’s practice is a simple desire to be with people in shared moments and to collect pictures that will remind us of something felt.

Amanda graduated from Duke University with an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts in 2014. Prior to that, she received a BFA in photojournalism from Rochester Institute of Technology. While at RIT, she began documenting the culture of female undergraduate drinking. In 2011, this project, Keg Stand Queens, was awarded the Alexia Foundation student grant, which lead to multiple publications and speaking engagements.

After graduating from RIT, Amanda attended the Eddie Adams Workshop and moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she interned as a full-time photojournalist at the local newspaper. This experience fueled her passion for community journalism that challenges social expectation. While there she was awarded first and second place in “Best Video” of 2012 by the North Carolina Press Association.

During her time at Duke, Amanda explored a range of stories through many mediums, attended the Radius Book Workshop, New York Times Portfolio Review, Flaherty Film Seminar, and worked as a teaching assistant to David Gatten and Alex Harris. This culminated in a thesis film and exhibit about women’s tackle football.

Amanda is grateful to be a 2014 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow. She says, “There is so much to learn and share about images and people. This is an ideal opportunity to become a more socially aware storyteller, get to know a vibrant new community and work in the legacy of one of the great social observer photographers.”

Amanda will be working with the Stanley M. Issacs Neighborhood Center in East Harlem. To see more of Amanda’s work, visit amandaberg.net.

From "Every Body Hit Somebody." Photograph by Amanda Berg.

From “Every Body Hit Somebody.” Photograph by Amanda Berg.

 

SARAH STACKE

Sarah Stacke is a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. One of her current documentary projects takes place in Western North Carolina, where she photographs the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Sarah is also working on Love From Manenberg, a long-form documentary project in Cape Town, South Africa, and another project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she’s developing an archival repository in collaboration with photographers in Kinshasa.

In addition to making photographs, Sarah teaches and generates projects at the Center for Documentary Studies that ask viewers to think critically about cross-cultural visual literacy. Sarah has written about photography for Lens, the New York Times photography blog, and Duke University’s Nasher Museum. She is the curator of exhibitions including Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum and AfriPost: Epistolary Journeys of African Pictures.

In 2012 she received a Master of Arts from Duke tailored to research photographic representations of sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora. Sarah also received certificates in African and African American Studies and Documentary Arts with a focus on multimedia while at Duke.

She began her career as an assistant to Burt Glinn of Magnum Photos. Clients and publications include The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time Out New York, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, Marie Claire, YMCA, KARIBU Kinshasa, HOPE Cape Town, SONKE Gender Justice Network, and Yéle Haiti.

About being a Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow, Sarah says, “This is an incredible opportunity to work with Exalt Youth, an organization that serves youth in the criminal justice system. As a photographer I’m interested in intersections of culture, history, and geography that have created marginalized communities. The disproportional incarceration rates within black communities have marginalized many people with devastating consequences. Exalt inspires youth at a critical crossroad to believe in their worth and transform themselves to reflect that worth and create lasting change. Documentary has the power to subvert the stereotypes surrounding incarcerated youth, inspire new ways of looking, and motivate people around the related social issues of racism and poverty. I can’t wait to get to work.”

For her fellowship, Sarah will be working with Exalt Youth in Brooklyn. To see more of her work, visit sarahstacke.com.

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