Interviews

Watch: Lehman Brady Visiting Professor Marco Williams Interviewed on “North Carolina Now”

Watch: Lehman Brady Visiting Professor Marco Williams Interviewed on "North Carolina Now"

Watch an interview with our 2014-15 Lehman Brady Professor, acclaimed filmmaker Marco Williams, that was recently featured on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now. The program “examines the most pressing issues of the day, talks with its most important people, visits the most interesting places in the state, and celebrates our arts and culture.” In the video below—beginning at timestamp 13:32—Williams […]


Interview with New CDS Director Wesley Hogan

Interview with New CDS Director Wesley Hogan

On July 1, 2013, the Center for Documentary Studies welcomed its third director since our founding at Duke University in 1989. Wesley C. Hogan’s tenure follows that of Tom Rankin, who had directed CDS since 1998, and Iris Tillman Hill. Hogan returns to Durham—she received her master’s and doctorate in U.S. History at Duke—from Virginia […]


Upcoming Slideshows/Book Signings with “One Place” Editor Tom Rankin

Upcoming Slideshows/Book Signings with "One Place" Editor Tom Rankin

Tom Rankin, editor of the acclaimed One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia, will be speaking about the book at two upcoming events in the Triangle area. One Place was published in April by the Center for Documentary Studies in partnership with the University of North Carolina Press as part of […]


Outgoing Director Tom Rankin Reflects on 15 Years at CDS and the Road Ahead

Outgoing Director Tom Rankin Reflects on 15 Years at CDS and the Road Ahead

It’s hard to imagine the Center for Documentary Studies without Tom Rankin at the helm. He’s been here for the last fifteen of our twenty-four years, just the second director we’ve had (Iris Tillman Hill was our first). CDS—and the world—was a different place when Tom arrived in Durham in 1998. Under his leadership, it […]


Summer 2013 Issue of “Document” Available Online

Summer 2013 Issue of "Document" Available Online

The latest issue of Document, the CDS quarterly newsletter, is now available online; Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. Highlights in the summer issue include an interview with outgoing CDS director Tom Rankin, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival award winners, a tribute to the […]


Celebration of “One Place”: Exhibit Reception, Talk, and Book Signing with Editor Tom Rankin, April 25

Celebration of "One Place": Exhibit Reception, Talk, and Book Signing with Editor Tom Rankin, April 25

Oxford American editor Roger Hodge calls the book “a masterpiece of documentary art.” Renowned photographer Alec Soth says it’s “an American classic.” An event celebrating the publication of One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia, will include a talk and signing by Center for Documentary Studies director Tom Rankin, […]


Interview with Photographer Harlan Erskine

Interview with Photographer Harlan Erskine

CDS undergraduate student Charles Jo conducted this interview as part of the “Multimedia Documentary” class in the fall of 2012   Although your projects vary considerably in style, theme, and subject matter, it seems that a somber, almost ominous, tone pervades them all. Would you agree? If so, what attracts you to photographing these types […]


Interview with Photographer Donna Wan

Interview with Photographer Donna Wan

CDS undergraduate student Courtney McDaniel conducted this interview as part of the “Multimedia Documentary” class in the fall of 2012.   Your project In the Landscape does not include an artist statement. Can you elaborate on your choice of location and composition? There is an artist statement for this project.  However, at the time that […]


Interview with Photographer Kerry Mansfield

Interview with Photographer Kerry Mansfield

CDS undergraduate student Danielle Duhl conducted this interview as part of the “Multimedia Documentary” class in the fall of 2012. You speak a lot about the sense of space in your photographs. What draws you to the topics of spaces, and more specifically, the spaces that lie between? I’ve never been one to photograph people (self portrait […]


Interview with Photographer Samantha VanDeman

Interview with Photographer Samantha VanDeman

CDS undergraduate student Kara Wilson conducted this interview as part of the “Multimedia Documentary” class in the fall of 2012.   What was your motivation for creating a portfolio with a hotel theme? Did you have a particular traveling experience that led to the desire to create a portfolio on hotels? Before I started photographing […]


Interview with Photographer Santiago Vanegas

Interview with Photographer Santiago Vanegas

CDS undergraduate student Ryan Schott conducted this interview as part of the “Multimedia Documentary” class in the fall of 2012.   What were some difficulties of taking photographs in Antarctica? Difficulties beyond the obvious cold weather, staying dry, not dying in 80+ mph wind and 50ft+ waves, sea sickness…. One constant difficulty was its overwhelming […]


Interview with Photographer Dimitri Mellos

Interview with Photographer Dimitri Mellos

CDS undergraduate student Jackson Conway conducted this interview as part of the “Multimedia Documentary” class in the fall of 2012.   What does your process of finding suitable material to photograph consist of as a street photographer? Well, as far as I am concerned the essence of photography (and even more so street photography) is […]


Interview with Photographer Charlotte Niel

Interview with Photographer Charlotte Niel

CDS undergraduate student Devon Edwards conducted this interview as part of the “Multimedia Documentary” class in the fall of 2012.   Your project Body Options deals with women’s issues of image and beauty. Can you explain why you made the choice to do this project? As a woman, I have always been concerned about how the media […]


Interview with Photographer Isa Leshko

Interview with Photographer Isa Leshko

CDS undergraduate student Jesse Dembo conducted this interview as part of the “Multimedia Documentary” class in the fall of 2012.   In your artist statement on Elderly Animals you state that you “began this series shortly after [you] had spent a year in New Jersey helping to take care of [y]our mom who has Alzheimer’s […]


Interview with Photographer Brandon Thibodeaux

Interview with Photographer Brandon Thibodeaux

CDS undergraduate student Mariesha McAdoo conducted this interview as part of the “Multimedia Documentary” class in the fall of 2012.   When you travelled to the Mississippi Delta in summer of 2009, was When Morning Comes a preconceived project or did the collection develop spontaneously over the duration of the trip? My first trip to […]


Interview with Photographer Alejandro Cartagena

Interview with Photographer Alejandro Cartagena

CDS undergraduate student Stella Belonwu conducted this interview as part of the “Multimedia Documentary” class in the fall of 2012.   What inspired your latest project Car Poolers? What was your process? Many things inspired this project but it was especially interested in continuing an exploration of issues or unintended consequences stemming out of the […]


Interview with Photographer Alyssa Miserendino

Interview with Photographer Alyssa Miserendino

CDS undergraduate student Ray Song conducted this interview as part of the “Multimedia Documentary” class in the fall of 2012. Can you describe how your project Our World InsideOut draws from your own childhood experiences? Our World Insideout (OWI) came about from my undergraduate thesis actually, InsideOut. At the time, my father had disappeared and […]


Watch: Editor Eric L. Muller on the Rare Photos from a Japanese American Internment Camp Featured in “Colors of Confinement”

Watch: Editor Eric L. Muller on the Rare Photos from a Japanese American Internment Camp Featured in "Colors of Confinement"

Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II showcases sixty-five stunning images from a rare collection of color images taken by Bill Manbo, an internee at a Japanese American internment camp in the early 1940s. In this audio slideshow, editor Eric L. Muller talks about his impressions of Manbo’s photographs, […]


Event at CDS for Acclaimed Book “Colors of Confinement,” Thursday, September 27

Event at CDS for Acclaimed Book "Colors of Confinement," Thursday, September 27

Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II showcases sixty-five stunning images from a rare collection of color images taken by Bill Manbo, an internee at a Japanese American internment camp in the early 1940s. On September 27, editor Eric L. Muller will give a presentation on the photos at the […]


Watch: “Jazz Loft Project” Video with Harold Feinstein, Pioneer Loft Resident

Watch: "Jazz Loft Project" Video with Harold Feinstein, Pioneer Loft Resident

From 1957 to 1965 legendary photographer W. Eugene Smith made approximately 4,000 hours of recordings on 1,741 reel-to-reel tapes and nearly 40,000 photographs in a loft building in Manhattan’s wholesale flower district where major jazz musicians of the day gathered and played their music. Almost fifty years later, Jazz Loft Project director Sam Stephenson and […]


Interview with Stanley Nelson, 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Tribute Honoree

Interview with Stanley Nelson, 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Tribute Honoree

The 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival recently honored filmmaker Stanley Nelson with its annual Full Frame Tribute for his significant contribution to the documentary form. Nelson’s work includes the critically acclaimed films Freedom Riders, A Place of Our Own, Wounded Knee, and The Murder of Emmett Till, among many others, all constructed “from the […]


Listen, Read: Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian on Their New Book, “In This Timeless Time,” and Jackson on Curating “Full Color Depression”

Listen, Read: Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian on Their New Book, "In This Timeless Time," and Jackson on Curating "Full Color Depression"

Authors Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian were recently on American Public Media’s The Story with host Dick Gordon to discuss their new book, In This Timeless Time: Living and Dying on Death Row in America, published in April 2012 by CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies and the University of North Carolina Press. Jackson […]


Interview with John Cyr, Juror’s Pick, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize

Interview with John Cyr, Juror’s Pick, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize

John Cyr Juror’s Pick (Anthony Bannon), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize   “Crisp, contained, conceptual, and attractively self-conscious. A charm. Couldn’t be better.”­—Anthony Bannon [director, George Eastman House] In response to the decline of darkroom developing in the digital age, John Cyr created a series of images of photographers’ developer trays “…so that the photography […]


Interview with Lydia Goldblatt, Juror’s Pick, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize

Interview with Lydia Goldblatt, Juror’s Pick, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize

Interview with Lydia Goldblatt Juror’s Pick (Darren Ching), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize   “Lydia Goldblatt’s photographs of her father are a refreshing and eloquent shift from the straightforward document of family. These are visual gems—encapsulated memories of an intimate relationship between father and daughter. The somber light not only serves as a distinct artistic […]