Danielle Mayes Wins 2017 Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts at Duke University

Photograph by Danielle Mayes from “Forest Series.”

Following a nomination by the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, Danielle Mayes, a CDS student and visual and media studies major, has been awarded the prestigious Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts—an annual prize at fourteen major universities. The prize is awarded to the graduating senior at each university who has demonstrated the most distinguished record of excellence in performance or creation in one of the following areas: music, theater, painting, dance, design, film, creative writing, and other areas of the arts.

Mayes’s documentary studies classes at CDS spanned her interests in video, photography, multimedia production, and social change and activism. CDS instructor Katie Hyde’s Sociology Through Photography course “was the beginning of understanding visual knowledge for me,” Mayes says, “and instilled in me the meaningfulness of photography in the world.” A black-and-white film course with CDS instructor MJ Sharp helped Mayes rethink what the medium might allow her to explore. Under Sharp’s mentorship, Mayes produced five series of black-and-white photographs that are represented in her final capstone project, Whyt Noyz, a book of images, with text, that focuses on the narrative experiences of black people in the United States; scroll down to view a selection of those photographs.

Read more about Danielle Mayes and see a gallery of her photographic works on our website.

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