Podcast Available: “Diagnosis: A Photographer’s Guide,” A Talk by Alex Harris

In this talk photographer Alex Harris shows his photographs taken at the Samaritan House Clinic in San Mateo California and discusses how his work as a documentary photographer in the field resonates with the work of physicians in the clinic. Pediatrician/photographer and former student, John Moses, introduces Harris.

Alex Harris is a founder of the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) and of DoubleTake Magazine. He has taught documentary photography and writing at Duke since 1975. He helped to launch the Humanitarian Challenges Focus program at Duke and is currently teaching documentary writing and photography fieldwork seminars through CDS and the Sanford School of Public Policy. Among his books are River of Traps, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction in 1991, and The Idea of Cuba (2007). His photographs are in the collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

This lecture is part of the Duke Innovation Lecture Series presented through a partnership between the Center for Documentary Studies and the Duke Residency Program Directors and funded by a Chancellor’s Fund Innovation Grant.

The Trent Center Colloquium Series explores interdisciplinary topics in ethics and the social and cultural aspects of medicine. It is an opportunity for interested faculty, students, residents and fellows to both engage with current scholarship at Duke and, through informal, lively conversation, find avenues for collaborative exchange.

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