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December 4: Opening Event for “The Observer’s Frame,” a Pop-Up Photo Exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery

December 4: Opening Event for "The Observer's Frame," a Pop-Up Photo Exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery

This December, a selection of Duke University undergraduate, MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, and Graduate in Liberal Studies students, as well as several UNC–Chapel Hill journalism students, will present photographs from the semester with a pop-up exhibition at the Power Plant Gallery. Following a kickoff event on December 4, The Observer’s Frame will continue a two-week run through December 18. The Observer’s […]


“Noctambules: Queer Nightlife In Port-au-Prince” Exhibit On View At Duke University

"Noctambules: Queer Nightlife In Port-au-Prince" Exhibit On View At Duke University

Noctambules: Queer Nightlife in Port-au-Prince, an exhibition of photographs by Haitian photographer Josué Azor, is coming to Duke’s campus. Part of a two-day symposium at Duke on performance, gender, and sexuality in Haiti, the exhibit opens October 29 in Friedl Hall on Duke’s East Campus and will run through the end of the semester. Noctambules is an […]


November 11: M.C. Taylor and Jim Findlay to Discuss Collaborative William Gedney Archival Project, “Heart Like A Levee”

November 11: M.C. Taylor and Jim Findlay to Discuss Collaborative William Gedney Archival Project, "Heart Like A Levee"

Left: M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger. Right: A photo taken by William Gedney in Leatherwood, Kentucky, 1972. The Duke University Forum for Scholars and Publics invites you to join in a musical and photographic lunchtime conversation.  M.C. Taylor, leader of the band Hiss Golden Messenger, and Jim Findlay, stage director and designer, will be joined by photographer and […]


November 5: Lunchtime Discussion with PRI Radio Host Marco Werman and Photographer Alex Harris

November 5: Lunchtime Discussion with PRI Radio Host Marco Werman and Photographer Alex Harris

CDS recommends an upcoming discussion with Marco Werman—Duke University alumni, journalist, and host of Public Radio International’s show, The World—and Alex Harris—Duke University professor, CDS co-founder, and acclaimed documentary photographer. Together, the two will look back at Werman’s early work in journalism and documentary storytelling as an undergraduate student in Harris’s “American Communities” course, and explore […]


Free Screening of “Inventing Vivian Maier,” November 10

Free Screening of "Inventing Vivian Maier," November 10

An upcoming documentary screening at Duke will explore the life of Vivian Maier, a recently discovered street photographer whose work has become a vital posthumous addition to the canon of documentary photography. Inventing Vivian Maier from director Abigail Solomon-Godeau will screen on November 10, presented by Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. The screening is free […]


CDS Recommends: Upcoming Screenings of “One Band Indivisible” and “Dan Wagoner: Life, Dance, and the Ephemeral”

CDS Recommends: Upcoming Screenings of "One Band Indivisible" and "Dan Wagoner: Life, Dance, and the Ephemeral"

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to be the host venue for an upcoming dual screening of documentary films by photographer/filmmaker Rhonda Klevansky. Screenings of One Band Indivisible and Dan Wagoner: Life, Dance, and the Ephemeral will be followed by a reception and artist’s conversation to follow. This event is free and open to the public. One Band Indivisible and Dan Wagoner: Life, […]


Photo Collections by Katina Parker on PBS Black Culture Connection

Photo Collections by Katina Parker on PBS Black Culture Connection

Filmmaker/photographer Katina Parker—a CDS continuing education instructor—has returned to her longstanding work of telling the story of the black struggle for freedom in America. Beginning as a college student documenting the Million Man March in 1995, Parker has continued her work by documenting the Black Lives Matter movement in photography and film as it unfolds in Missouri, Ohio, South […]


September 30: Christopher Sims Presents Photographs, Artist’s Talk at UNC-Chapel Hill

September 30: Christopher Sims Presents Photographs, Artist's Talk at UNC-Chapel Hill

Two exhibits by CDS director of undergraduate education, photographer Christopher Sims, will be on view on UNC–Chapel Hill’s campus from September 30, 2015, into early 2016. A reception and artist’s talk will be held on the opening evening, celebrating the dual exhibitions. Guantánamo Bay and The Library at Camp Delta Reception and Artist’s Talk Wednesday, September 30, […]


A Conversation With Sonja Williams and Charlie Cobb on “Word Warrior” Richard Durham, September 29

A Conversation With Sonja Williams and Charlie Cobb on "Word Warrior" Richard Durham, September 29

Duke University’s Forum for Scholars and Publics will host a lunch conversation with Howard University professor, scholar, and author Sonja Williams alongside SNCC veteran and Duke University SNCC Visiting Activist-Scholar Charlie Cobb.  The conversation will center around pioneering African American radio journalist Richard Durham, the subject of Williams’ new book, Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom. Hear an example of Durham’s radio work […]


CDS Recommends: Free Screening of “Out In The Night” at Duke University, September 25

CDS Recommends: Free Screening of "Out In The Night" at Duke University, September 25

CDS recommends an upcoming free screening of Blair Dorosh-Walther’s Out In The Night, a feature-length documentary that follows the heartbreaking story of what happens when four women stand up for themselves in New York City’s West Village. The screening will be followed by a Q+A with the film’s director and film subjects, Renata, Patreese, Venice, and Terrain. This […]


Document Duke 360º Multimedia Exhibit On View This Fall at Duke University

Document Duke 360º Multimedia Exhibit On View This Fall at Duke University

Document Duke 360º, a collaboration between Duke Photography and the Center for Documentary Studies, is an ambitious yearlong project that invites students, alumni, faculty or staff members, visitors, and members of the Durham community with a Duke connection to contribute their photographs in order to create a new and unconventional portrait of the extended Duke community—a 360-degree view captured in […]


Photographs by CDS Faculty On View at UNC–Chapel Hill

Photographs by CDS Faculty On View at UNC–Chapel Hill

Two upcoming events on the UNC–Chapel Hill campus, free and open to the public, will feature work by CDS faculty members Charlie Thompson and Christopher Sims, respectively: Rostros del Tiempo: Faces of Time Reception with Live Music Thursday, September 10, 5:30 p.m. UNC–Chapel Hill, Center for the Study of the American South 410 East Franklin St., Chapel Hill, […]


September 4: “Hidden Stories of Abandoned Places” at the NC Museum of History

September 4: "Hidden Stories of Abandoned Places" at the NC Museum of History

The Center for Documentary Studies is cosponsoring this discussion featuring five documentarians as they describe their journeys into places that were once filled with life but gradually became shadows and skeletons of that past vitality. Photographer Scott Garlock, whose exhibit Rural Revival inspired the event, will be joined by CDS and MFA|EDA instructor Alex Harris, MFA|EDA students Jon-Sesrie […]


August 28: “Audio Under the Stars” Audio Festival Continues With “True Romance”

August 28: “Audio Under the Stars” Audio Festival Continues With “True Romance”

What if the person, place, or thing that sets your heart strings strumming also sets you apart in some way? What if your happily ever after… wasn’t? We want to hear about unorthodox cravings, unexpected endings, and love stories of all stripes. — Audio Under the Stars creators Jenny Morgan and Elizabeth Friend on “True Romance,” the theme […]


Update: “Looking At Appalachia” Photo Project

Update: "Looking At Appalachia" Photo Project

Last year, we wrote about Roger May’s crowdsourced-photo-project-in-progress as he was seeking submissions. The photographer, blogger, and CDS Certificate in Documentary Arts student was looking to craft a more nuanced view of modern Appalachia fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson made the area a primary target in his War on Poverty, resulting in an era of photographs depicting a one-note, […]


CDS Undergraduate Education Director Christopher Sims to Give Talk at Reykjavik Museum of Photography

CDS Undergraduate Education Director Christopher Sims to Give Talk at Reykjavik Museum of Photography

Christopher Sims, undergraduate education director at the Center for Documentary Studies and Lecturing Fellow in the Documentary Arts, will give an artist’s talk in Iceland on Monday, June 15 at 5 p.m. The lecture, “Photographing Guantanamo Bay and the Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan,” will be hosted by the Reykjavik Museum of Photography and is being organized by […]


“Rank Stranger”: A New Documentary Blog of Writing and Photography

"Rank Stranger": A New Documentary Blog of Writing and Photography

We think you’ll enjoy Rank Stranger, “a blog about memory and place, art, and documentary expression,” says its creator, Tom Rankin. You’d be hard pressed to find a better person than Rankin to launch such a site—documentary photographer, writer, and folklorist of note, director of Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, former director of the Center for […]


CDS Recommends: “States of Grace” Screening on May 22

CDS Recommends: "States of Grace" Screening on May 22

Join the Buddhist community at Duke University and the San Francisco Zen Center for a special one-night-only screening of the new feature-length documentary States of Grace. Winner of audience awards at multiple festivals, critic Michael Fox calls States of Grace “a poignant, universal saga that achieves a relevance and a power that reaches well beyond its subjects.”  Friday, […]


CDS Recommends: “Audio Under The Stars” Story Recording Event at the Durham History Hub on May 9

CDS Recommends: "Audio Under The Stars" Story Recording Event at the Durham History Hub on May 9

Audio Under The Stars and the Museum of Durham History are collaborating for a day of recording Durham stories on Saturday, May 9. The organizers are inviting community members to drop by the Durham History Hub and share their stories of home: coming, going, and returning. Durham Comes Home: An Audio Under The Stars Story Recording Event Saturday, May […]


Undergraduate Documentary Studies Student Presentations, April 24

Undergraduate Documentary Studies Student Presentations, April 24

Students from two Duke University undergraduate courses taught at the Center for Documentary Studies—LGBTQ History and Activism and Small Town USA—will host presentations this Friday, April 24, as part of their coursework. Brief course descriptions can be found below; event details are included on the images below. LGBTQ History and Activism with instructor Barbara Lau explores the history of […]


“One Person, One Vote”: New Website Celebrates the Grassroots Legacy of SNCC

"One Person, One Vote": New Website Celebrates the Grassroots Legacy of SNCC

Before the beatings on the bridge in Selma, before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, young people in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) united with local communities in the Deep South to build a grassroots movement for change. A new multimedia website from the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke University—One Person, One Vote: The Legacy […]


April 4: Special Screening of “In My Mind” at the National Gallery of Art

April 4: Special Screening of "In My Mind" at the National Gallery of Art

On April 4, a special screening at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., of a film from CDS will be presented in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Called “a masterpiece of music documentary craft” by Slant magazine, In My Mind (2010) documents jazz musician Jason Moran and […]


Rescheduled, March 16: Ethics Film Series Continues with “Buena Vista Social Club”

Rescheduled, March 16: Ethics Film Series Continues with "Buena Vista Social Club"

Each spring, Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics sponsors a film series in collaboration with the Center for Documentary Studies, the Screen/Society, and the Arts of the Moving Image program that provides popular, accessible vehicles for talking about ethics around a particular theme. The four films in this year’s Ethics Film Series—The Visitor, Buena Vista Social Club, Once, and […]


March 8: 4th Annual Alice Fest Showcases Female Directors

March 8: 4th Annual Alice Fest Showcases Female Directors

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the fourth annual Alice Fest film festival showcases curated and submitted works by women with a special emphasis on women’s history and achievements. Alice Fest screens short documentaries, experimental films, documentary works-in-progress, animation, and multimedia projects. The 2015 lineup for shorts and works-in-progress has been announced. FREE and open to the […]