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Christopher White Wins 2017 Julia Harper Day Award from CDS

Christopher White Wins 2017 Julia Harper Day Award from CDS

The Julia Harper Day Award was created by the Center for Documentary Studies in 1992 in memory of the young woman who was CDS’s first staff member, a writer and photographer of real accomplishment. This $500 award goes to a graduating Duke University senior who has demonstrated excellence in documentary studies and contributed significantly to CDS programs. This year’s Julia […]


CDS Instructor Katie Hyde Receives Teaching Accolade, and Other Undergraduate Faculty Highlights

CDS Instructor Katie Hyde Receives Teaching Accolade, and Other Undergraduate Faculty Highlights

Congratulations to Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) undergraduate instructor Katie Hyde, who was recently recognized for her teaching excellence at Duke University. During the 2016 fall semester, the instructor’s course evaluations were among the top 5 percent of all undergraduate instructors at Duke. Hyde was recognized for her course Sociology Through Photography; see course descriptions below. Read more about undergraduate […]


Exhibit of Photographs by Harlan Campbell On View Now at NC School of Science and Mathematics

Exhibit of Photographs by Harlan Campbell On View Now at NC School of Science and Mathematics

An exhibition of photographs by CDS Photography and Digital Arts Associate Harlan Campbell is on view now at the NC School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) as part of their Fine Arts Series. A Few Photos I Made Last Week, featuring works taken using multiple formats over seven days, will be on view in the school’s […]


“Following My Microphone” – Artist Christopher DeLaurenti on the Joy of Sound

"Following My Microphone" - Artist Christopher DeLaurenti on the Joy of Sound

Through February 18, 2017, the Power Plant Gallery presents Soundings: Protest|Politics|Dissent, a broadcast audio exhibition exploring how artists navigate the depths of sound experience and embody protest, politics, and dissent in digital sound files. A special lunchtime talk will be held on February 2 as part of an ongoing series of panel discussions about art and […]


A Reflection from 2016-2017 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow Jenny Stratton

A Reflection from 2016-2017 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow Jenny Stratton

Founded on the spirit, values, and actions of photographer Lewis Hine, the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) connects the talents of young documentary artists with the resources and needs of community-based organizations in the United States. Fellows focus primarily on issues of socially and economically marginalized children, adolescents, young adults, their families, and […]


Registration Open for Spring 2017 Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

Registration Open for Spring 2017 Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies offers Continuing Education classes year-round—in photography, video, audio, narrative writing, and other creative media. Registration is now open for Spring 2017 classes and workshops with a host of established, new, and online classes on offer, including a few hybrid on-site/online classes.  A complete listing of all Spring 2017 courses as well as […]


2015 Lange-Taylor Prizewinning “Post Mégantic” Exhibit Opens December 5

2015 Lange-Taylor Prizewinning "Post Mégantic" Exhibit Opens December 5

Opening December 5, Center for Documentary Studies will host an exhibition of photographs from Post Mégantic, Michel Huneault’s 2015 Lange-Taylor prizewinning project on a small town in Quebec that was the site of Canada’s deadliest train disaster in 150 years. His project of remembrance garnered Huneault CDS’s prestigious Lange-Taylor Prize in 2015; the $10,000 annual award supports documentary artists involved in ongoing […]


December 9: Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads Present Final Projects

December 9: Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads Present Final Projects

At a graduation event at the Full Frame Theater, Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies will present their final projects to the public and receive their Certificate in Documentary Arts, having completed a structured sequence of courses. During the course, students finish a substantial documentary work—projects that often move out into the world in the […]


December 2: Fresh Docs Series Screens “Staring Down Fate”

December 2: Fresh Docs Series Screens "Staring Down Fate"

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of Jeffrey Mittelstadt’s Staring Down Fate, the story of a red wolf biologist—diagnosed with ALS—as he searches for meaning in his terminal illness while the endangered species he dedicated his career to faces another potential extinction. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring […]


Undergraduate Jeainny Kim Reflects on the 2016 Summer Study in the Arts Award

Undergraduate Jeainny Kim Reflects on the 2016 Summer Study in the Arts Award

Jeainny Kim (Trinity ’18) received a 2016 Summer Study in the Arts award from Duke University’s Council for the Arts, having been nominated for this honor by her DOCST 318S Photography Workshop instructor, MJ Sharp, and with the support of CDS’s faculty. Kim applied her award this past summer towards a Summer Residency in Photography at […]


November 4: Artist Talk with Duke Undergraduate Jeainny Kim for “Welcoming Uncertainty: Portraits and Scanner Works”

November 4: Artist Talk with Duke Undergraduate Jeainny Kim for "Welcoming Uncertainty: Portraits and Scanner Works"

Jeainny Kim (Trinity ’18) received a 2016 Summer Study in the Arts award from Duke University’s Council for the Arts, having been nominated for this honor by her DOCST 318S Photography Workshop instructor, MJ Sharp, and with the support of CDS’s faculty. Kim applied her award this past summer towards a Summer Residency in Photography at […]


November 4: Fresh Docs Series Screens “Rodents of Unusual Size”

November 4: Fresh Docs Series Screens "Rodents of Unusual Size"

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler, and Jeff Springer’s Rodents of Unusual Size, a story about giant swamp rats invading coastal Louisiana and the defiant people on the edge of the world who are defending their communities, culture, and livelihoods from the onslaught of […]


October 20: Reception, Artist’s Talk, and Book Signing with Toni Tipton-Martin for “The Jemima Code” Exhibition

October 20: Reception, Artist’s Talk, and Book Signing with Toni Tipton-Martin for "The Jemima Code" Exhibition

“The Jemima Code is a 200-year-old practice of using the image of the plantation mammy to symbolize and misrepresent the knowledge, skills, and abilities of African American cooks.” —Toni Tipton-Martin. An exhibition of large-scale historic photographs now on view at the Center for Documentary Studies was curated by Toni Tipton-Martin and builds on her award-winning book, The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of […]


Kamal Badhey, Lauren Henschel, and Jenny Stratton: 2016-17 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows

Kamal Badhey, Lauren Henschel, and Jenny Stratton: 2016-17 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to introduce the 2016-2017 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows, all of whom will be working with organizations in the New York City area; scroll down for more information on Kamal Badhey, Lauren Henschel, and Jenny Stratton. Founded on the spirit, values, and actions of social documentary photographer Lewis Hine, CDS’s Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows […]


“The Jemima Code” Exhibit On View at CDS Through November 23; Artist’s Talk October 20

"The Jemima Code" Exhibit On View at CDS Through November 23; Artist's Talk October 20

code / noun : 1. a system used for brevity or secrecy of communication, in which arbitrarily chosen words, letters, or symbols are assigned definite meanings.  2.  a word, letter, number, or other symbol used in a code system to mark, represent, or identify something.  3.  a system for communication in which long and short […]


Steven M. Cozart Wins 2016 Lange-Taylor Prize for “The Pass/Fail Series”

Steven M. Cozart Wins 2016 Lange-Taylor Prize for "The Pass/Fail Series"

The Center for Documentary Studies has awarded the twenty-fourth Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize to American artist, illustrator, and documentarian Steven M. Cozart. His winning proposal, The Pass/Fail Series, primarily explores colorism within the African American community. The $10,000 prize is given to encourage documentary work in the tradition of acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer […]


September 22: Submission Deadline Extended for the 2016 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

September 22: Submission Deadline Extended for the 2016 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

“We find ourselves at a moment when photo books are as important as ever, because they are concrete statements of artistic vision, essential counterweights in the ‘Ocean of Images’ that we swim through every day.” —Peter Barberie, 2016 First Book Prize judge The Center for Documentary Studies and the Honickman Foundation are pleased to announce the […]


2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2012, Gerard H. Gaskin’s “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene”

2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2012, Gerard H. Gaskin's "Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene"

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a biennial prize that offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. Each year a significant and innovative artist, curator, or writer in photography is chosen to judge the prize […]


September 7: CDS Hosts Launch Event for Writer Belle Boggs and “The Art of Waiting”

September 7: CDS Hosts Launch Event for Writer Belle Boggs and "The Art of Waiting"

Boggs sensitively and creatively explores infertility, the struggle to get pregnant, and the entire concept of ‘waiting,’ which leads her to literature and pop culture. . . . Deeply thoughtful, beautiful, and illuminating.—Booklist On September 7, the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) will host a book launch event for writer Belle Boggs and The Art of […]


2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2010, Benjamin Lowy’s “Iraq | Perspectives”

2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2010, Benjamin Lowy's "Iraq | Perspectives"

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a biennial prize that offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. Each year a significant and innovative artist, curator, or writer in photography is chosen to judge the prize […]


Remembering Leslie Brown

Remembering Leslie Brown

“My family is from the South, and I began my career as a historian sitting under the dining room table listening to the grown folks talk.” —Leslie Brown We at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) were very saddened to learn of Leslie Brown’s recent passing, and have always known how fortunate we were that our […]


2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2008, Jennette Williams’ “The Bathers”

2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2008, Jennette Williams' "The Bathers"

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a biennial prize that offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. Each year a significant and innovative artist, curator, or writer in photography is chosen to judge the prize […]


2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2004, Steven B. Smith’s “The Weather and a Place to Live”

2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2004, Steven B. Smith’s “The Weather and a Place to Live”

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a biennial prize that offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. Each year a significant and innovative artist, curator, or writer in photography is chosen to judge the prize […]


2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2002, Larry Schwarm’s “On Fire”

2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2002, Larry Schwarm's "On Fire"

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a biennial prize that offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. Each year a significant and innovative artist, curator, or writer in photography is chosen to judge the prize […]