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“Coney Island 40 Years”: Artist’s Talk and Book Signing with Photographer Harvey Stein, Thursday, September 20

"Coney Island 40 Years": Artist's Talk and Book Signing with Photographer Harvey Stein, Thursday, September 20

Join us for an evening with renowned documentary photographer Harvey Stein, who will discuss the work in his most recent book, Coney Island 40 Years, and an exhibit of the same name (click link for slideshow) currently on view in the Kreps Gallery through October 27. A reception will precede the talk and book signing; the event is […]


Read Online: New Fall Issue of “Document,” CDS’s Quarterly Publication

Read Online: New Fall Issue of "Document," CDS's Quarterly Publication

Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. The fall 2012 issue of Document is now available to read online, featuring an in-depth interview with Eric Muller, editor of the acclaimed new CDS/UNC Press book, Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II; […]


“Colors of Confinement”: New Book Features Rare Color Photos of Japanese American Internment

"Colors of Confinement": New Book Features Rare Color Photos of Japanese American Internment

In 1942, Bill Manbo and his family were forced from their Hollywood home into the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, a Japanese American internment camp in Wyoming. While there, Manbo documented both the bleakness and beauty of his surroundings using Kodachrome film—a technology then just seven years old—to capture community celebrations and to record his family’s struggle […]


Book Signing Event for “Finding the Game,” Doc Studies Grad Gwendolyn Oxenham’s New Book, August 23 at CDS

Five years ago Gwendolyn Oxenham, a Certificate in Documentary Studies grad and former Duke soccer star, boyfriend Luke Boughen, and  Certificate in Doc Studies grads Rebekah Fergusson and Ryan White began their global travels to chase the soul of soccer by playing in pickup games wherever they could find them. The four filmmakers’ resulting documentary was […]


New York Times Story on Japanese American Incarceration by Editor of New CDS/UNC Press Book

New York Times Story on Japanese American Incarceration by Editor of New CDS/UNC Press Book

An opinion piece by Eric Muller, “Injustice, in Kodachrome,” ran in the New York Times on Sunday, June 24, with photos from the 1940s taken by Bill Manbo. The article outlines the history of Japanese American deportation and internment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, focusing on the experience of Manbo and his family, who were […]


Book Signing Event with Authors Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian for “In This Timeless Time: Living & Dying on Death Row in America,” Thursday, April 19

  On April 19 Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian will sign copies of their new book, In This Timeless Time: Living & Dying on Death Row in America, published by the University of North Carolina Press and CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies. The book includes a DVD of their film Death Row and “is […]


Duke MFA Visiting Artist Presentation by Photographer Jim Dow, Wednesday, March 21

Photographer Jim Dow will return to the Duke campus this week as a Visiting Artist in Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. He will present a slideshow and lecture, “Walker Evans as a Post-Modern Construction,” in the course Innovation and Tradition in the Documentary Arts; the event is free and open to the […]


Now Available To Read Online: Spring 2012 “Document,” the CDS Quarterly Newsletter

Now Available To Read Online: Spring 2012 "Document," the CDS Quarterly Newsletter

[issuu width=600 height=464 showHtmlLink=false backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=120221150821-85608f93cde7456eada402b4befad85f name=doc_spring_2012_final username=cds.duke tag=2012 unit=px id=473e4f63-f250-b5d7-4b06-f8219244e945 v=2] The spring 2012 issue of Document is now available to read online, featuring an interview with Bruce Jackson, author of the forthcoming In this Timeless Time and curator of the Full Color Depression exhibit; a look at the new CDS exhibit, When Janey Comes Marching […]


Read Online: Winter 2012 Issue of Document

Read Online: Winter 2012 Issue of Document

[issuu width=600 height=464 shareMenuEnabled=false showHtmlLink=false searchButtonEnabled=false backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=111215131730-e2746e39739b4a2ea0ae582d2cee2e7b name=document_winter_2012_final-2-lowres username=cds.duke tag=2012 unit=px id=83b8c0db-3ae2-a4a4-a417-29c7fd9f6c0f v=2] The winter 2012 issue of Document is now available to read online, featuring the exhibition Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes From America’s Heartland, an interview with the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival programming director, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Award winners, courses, and more. […]


Second Printing of Photographer Jim Dow’s “American Studies” Now Available, Plus Podcast of His Talk at CDS

Jim Dow visited CDS recently to give a talk and sign copies of the few remaining first edition copies of American Studies, which was published earlier this year by powerHouse Books and CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies. The second edition was published in November. Here, Dow talks about the road he followed […]


John Biewen to Give Keynote Presentation at Harrisburg Book Festival November 12

John Biewen to Give Keynote Presentation at Harrisburg Book Festival November 12

John Biewen, a radio producer and audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies, and Joe Richman, founder of Radio Diaries, will give the keynote presentation at the second annual Harrisburg Book Festival in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on November 12. During the multimedia event, they will share their own stories and lead an interactive discussion […]


New Book: “Literacy and Justice Through Photography:
 A Classroom Guide”

New Book: “Literacy and Justice Through Photography:
 A Classroom Guide”

In 1990, photographer Wendy Ewald, with encouragement from Durham, North Carolina, school administrators and support from the Center for Documentary Studies, started the Literacy Through Photography (LTP) program, working in the Durham Public Schools to make photographs the basis for a variety of learning experiences across the curriculum. Since then, LTP has worked with numerous […]


CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Launches New Website

CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Launches New Website

The Center for Documentary Studies and The Honickman Foundation (THF), based in Philadelphia, co-sponsor a prestigious biennial prize for American photographers, the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, the only one of its kind. Winners of the prize receive a $3,000 grant, publication of a book of photography, and inclusion in the prize’s new website, […]


Fall 2011 Issue of Document

Fall 2011 Issue of Document

[issuu layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Flight%2Flayout.xml proshowsidebar=true documentid=110901212225-9dd699820e824f6689a1e51415ff073b docname=doc_fall_2011 username=CDS.Duke loadinginfotext=Document%20Fall%202011 width=600 height=464 unit=px] The Fall 2011 issue of Document is now available to read online, featuring the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts Fall 2011 Inaugural Class, John Hope Franklin Award Student Documentary Prizewinners, Certificate in Documentary Arts spring 2011 graduates and projects, CDS/Honickman First Book […]


American Studies: Talk, Book Signing, and Reception with Jim Dow

American Studies: Talk, Book Signing, and Reception with Jim Dow

Photographer Jim Dow will be in Durham to talk about and sign his new book, American Studies, published by powerHouse Books and CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies. Beginning with photographs Dow made in the late 1960s, this retrospective book covers almost forty years, ending with pictures made at the close of the […]


Benjamin Lowy’s iPhone Photographs of Libya

Benjamin Lowy's iPhone Photographs of Libya

Photojournalist Benjamin Lowy’s photographs of Libya, taken on his iPhone, are being featured on the MSNBC photoblog. Lowy is the winner of the 2010 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. His book Iraq | Perspectives will be published in fall 2011 by Duke University Press. Read the announcement about William Eggleston selecting Benjamin Lowy for […]


“Whiskey and Geography”: “Spirits of Just Men” Excerpts Featured on Southern Spaces

"Whiskey and Geography": "Spirits of Just Men" Excerpts Featured on Southern Spaces

The online journal Southern Spaces, produced at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, recently published two excerpts from Charles Thompson’s new book, Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World. The first excerpt, a video produced by Marissa Katarina Bergmann, offers glimpses of modern-day Shooting Creek juxtaposed with […]


Video Interviews with Photographer Alex Harris

Video Interviews with Photographer Alex Harris

Alex Harris’s photographic work recently opened in a landmark exhibit at the Getty Museum show, A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Evans to Now. Harris’s 18 large scale photographs are featured alongside those of Walker Evans, and two other contemporary photographers. A student of Walker Evans at Yale, Harris is the author of, among other books, […]


Press Coverage for “American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow”

Press Coverage for "American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow"

Recent news and press coverage for the publication American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow and the accompanying exhibition at Janet Borden Gallery in New York: “Jim Dow Hits the Road.” The New Yorker Photo Booth blog. Posted by Caroline Hirsch. July 26, 2011. “Only in America: Roadside Scenes.” Life online photo gallery. June 1, 2011. […]


American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow Artist’s Talk and Book Signing in Boston

American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow Artist's Talk and Book Signing in Boston

Hosted by the Photographic Resource Center, this talk and signing with Boston-based artist Jim Dow features his recently published book, a compendium of many of his best-known images made over almost forty years of traveling the road with his large format camera. Copies of American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow, published by powerHouse in association […]


Spring 2011 Issue of Document

Spring 2011 Issue of Document

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Charlie Thompson on “Spirits of Just Men”

Charlie Thompson on "Spirits of Just Men"

Charlie Thompson, director of the undergraduate program at CDS, holds the faculty position of Lecturer in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Religion. His latest book, Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World (University of Illinois […]


American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow Exhibition and Book Launch Party

American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow Exhibition and Book Launch Party

Peripatetic artist Jim Dow has compiled many of his best-known images in this extraordinary love poem to America. Using a large format camera on the road, Dow has catalogued the stadiums, the road signs, the diners, and the ice cream parlors that pepper the landscape. Jim Dow: American Studies June 2–July 15, 2011 Janet Borden […]


“Spirits of Just Men” by Charles D. Thompson Jr.

"Spirits of Just Men" by Charles D. Thompson Jr.

Spirits of Just Men tells the story of moonshine in 1930s America, as seen through the remarkable location of Franklin County, Virginia, a place that many still refer to as the “moonshine capital of the world.” Charles D. Thompson Jr., curriculum and education director at the Center for Documentary Studies and a lecturer in cultural […]