Doc U Arts 2009: Words And Images

From "The Oxford Project." Photography by Peter Feldstein. Text by Stephen G. Bloom.

From "The Oxford Project." Photography by Peter Feldstein. Text by Stephen G. Bloom.

Doc U Arts 2009: Words And Images
October
8–11, 2009

An intensive weekend of lectures, discussions, and small-group sessions focused on narrative nonfiction writing and the interplay between words and images in the creation of documentary work

The Doc U Arts institute, a gathering for more advanced students and professionals in the field, begins on Thursday evening and ends at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The course fee, $375, includes all events and hands-on sessions with top documentary practitioners in small-group settings. Evening events are open to the general public, with a $5 suggested donation.

Guest lecturers include:

Thursday, October 8
Steve Featherstone and Paul Maliszewski
Reception, 6 p.m.; Artists’ Talk, 7 p.m.

In conjunction with the exhibition The Collector: Joseph Mitchell’s Quotidian Quest, with photographs by Featherstone and text by Maliszewski, on view through October 24, 2009, at the Center for Documentary Studies.
http://cds.aas.duke.edu/exhibits/nowonview.html

Part of the Doc U Arts Institute; open to the general public ($5 suggested donation)

Steve Featherstone is a photographer and a writer whose work has appeared in Harper’s, Granta, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Popular Science. He has documented scientists simulating a Mars habitat in the Utah desert, emerald mining in the Yukon Territory, the Maori in remote North East Arnhem Land, and researchers’ attempts to map the ocean floor, among other topics. He has an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University.

Writer Paul Maliszewski has published essays in the Wilson Quarterly, Smithsonian, Harper’s, Granta, and Bookforum, among other magazines. His stories have appeared in the Paris Review, Fence, Gettysburg Review, StoryQuarterly, McSweeney’s, and other publications. Three-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, he received an MFA in writing from Syracuse University.

friday, october 9
Photographer Teru Kuwayama
Artist’s Talk, 7 p.m.

Part of the Doc U Arts Institute; open to the general public ($5 suggested donation)

Freelance photographer Teru Kuwayama, based in New York, was awarded the 2009 Lange-Taylor Prize by the Center for Documentary Studies for his project “Unnatural Borders, Open Wounds: The Human Landscape of Pakistan,” with writer Christian Parenti.
http://cds.aas.duke.edu/l-t/2009winners.html

Kuwayama’s photographs have appeared in such magazines as Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Outside, Fortune, and Vibe. He has received awards and fellowships from the Eugene Smith Fund, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Alexia Foundation, and the South Asian Journalists Association, among others. He is a 2009-2010 John S. Knight Foundation Fellow at Stanford University, with a focus on conflict reporting in South Asia. He is also co-founder of the web-based network Lightstalkers and curator of the traveling exhibition Battlespace: Unrealities of War.

saturday, october 10
Peter Feldstein, The Oxford Project
Artist’s Talk, 7 p.m.

In the spring and summer of 1984, Peter Feldstein used a red marker to make a sign announcing that he wanted to take free portraits of everyone in Oxford, Iowa (pop. 673). That was just the beginning of Feldstein’s Oxford Project, with writer Stephen G. Bloom.
http://www.oxfordproject.com/about.html

Part of the Doc U Arts Institute; open to the general public ($5 suggested donation)

Peter Feldstein is an artist working at the intersection of photography, drawing, printmaking, and digital imaging. Feldstein’s work has been shown in galleries across the country and has been included in group exhibitions at the Center for Creative Photography, Walker Art Center, and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has received an NEA Individual Artist’s Grant and two Polaroid Collection Grants. For more than three decades, Feldstein taught photography and digital imaging at the University of Iowa School of Art & Art History.

more about doc u arts
Once a year, CDS offers an opportunity for more advanced students and professionals in the field to come together for the Doc U Arts Institute. Previous Doc U Arts guests have included Les Blank, Bruce Jackson, Laurel Nakadate, Misty Keasler, and Sylvia Plachy. Past themes have included documentary engagement and the examination of new work by successful young photographers. This weekend institute features lectures and workshops focused on students who are already well into their work. Students are invited to bring samples of their own projects for professional review.

Doc U Arts 2009: Words and Images features lectures, discussions, and small-group sessions focused on narrative nonfiction writing and the interplay between words and images in the creation of documentary work.

In addition to interactions with guest lecturers highlighted above, the institute includes sessions with sam stephenson, writer and director of the Jazz Loft Project at the Center for Documentary Studies; editor iris tillman hill; writer deavours hall; and writer and photographer margaret sartor.

A Sunday Journalism Brunch panel will include Independent Weekly Editor lisa sorg, writer and photographer adam sobsey, Bull City Rising blogger kevin davis, and others.

Students in the Doc U Arts institute will also be able to earn four credit hours for attending the Beyond Beauty photography symposium at the Nasher Museum of Art on Friday, October 2, from 1 to 6 p.m.  The cost of the symposium will be included in the Doc U Arts course fee of $375.

Doc U Arts students are invited to bring up to 20 prints and up to six pages of writing for review.

to register:
http://www.asaponlinereg.com/EventDetail.aspx?Pk=13374

for more information:
cdscourses@duke.edu or see other courses at www.cdscourses.org

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