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Enjoy!: Student Work from Harvey Stein’s Documentary Street Photography Workshop

Enjoy!: Student Work from Harvey Stein’s Documentary Street Photography Workshop

On September 26–28, 2014, the Center for Documentary Studies once again hosted acclaimed photographer Harvey Stein for his annual three-day Documentary Street Photography workshop, first offered through our Continuing Education program in 2012. On Friday morning Stein explained his methods for capturing the intimate, expressive portraits for which he’s become known; students then chose strategic locations […]


Listen: Student Work from the 2014 Making It Sing Audio Institute

Listen: Student Work from the 2014 Making It Sing Audio Institute

This summer, nine producers from across the country came to the Center for Documentary Studies for the Making It Sing Audio Institute, an intensive annual weeklong course offered through our Continuing Education program. Open to audio producers of all levels of experience, from beginners to accomplished industry professionals, the workshop helps them boil down their […]


Watch: Undergraduates Explore the Lives of North Carolina Activists

Watch: Undergraduates Explore the Lives of North Carolina Activists

Center for Documentary Studies visiting artist Bruce Orenstein teaches a class each semester in which undergraduates work with grassroots organizations in North Carolina to produce advocacy videos for social change. As part of the growing collaboration between Orenstein’s coursework and the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, this summer the Human Rights Center […]


Jon Lowenstein Wins 2014 Lange-Taylor Prize for “South Side”

Jon Lowenstein Wins 2014 Lange-Taylor Prize for "South Side"

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University has awarded the twenty-second Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize to American photographer, filmmaker, and writer Jon Lowenstein for South Side, his testimony to the Chicago neighborhood where he has lived and worked for over a decade. The $10,000 award is given to encourage documentary work in the tradition of acclaimed photographer Dorothea […]


Listen: “East Durham/Cleveland Holloway Stories” from the 2014 Hearing Is Believing Audio Institute

Listen: "East Durham/Cleveland Holloway Stories" from the 2014 Hearing Is Believing Audio Institute

At the Center for Documentary Studies‘ twelfth annual introductory audio institute, Hearing is Believing, offered each summer through our Continuing Education program, eighteen students came from around the world to learn the art of audio storytelling. Under the tutelage of CDS audio program director John Biewen and visiting instructor Shea Shackelford, with guest lecturers Lulu Miller of NPR and John Barth […]


Watch: “East Durham/Cleveland-Holloway Stories,” from the 2014 Documentary Video Institute

Watch: "East Durham/Cleveland-Holloway Stories," from the 2014 Documentary Video Institute

2014 marked the eleventh year of the CDS Documentary Video Institute, offered each summer through the Continuing Education program at the Center for Documentary Studies. In response to strong demand it drew twenty-eight students—up from the usual twenty-four—for an intense week of “boot camp”–style doc training. In one week, they went from setting up interviews to showing their work […]


Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Video Projects on Liberty, North Carolina

Watch: "Anytown USA" Student Video Projects on Liberty, North Carolina

Anytown, USA is a class offered once a year through the Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program, in which students produce and edit short videos related to a small town in North Carolina. Developed by longtime CDS instructor Randy Benson, previous Anytown courses focused on the towns of Pittsboro, Bladenboro, Smithfield, Star, and Scotland […]


Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2014 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2014 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On the evening of April 25th, six Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education students received their Certificates in the Documentary Arts at the Full Frame Theater. The presented work included four videos, one audio piece, and one dramatic reading with multimedia accompaniment. Their projects reflected many years of study at the Center, culminating in the Final […]


Spring 2014 Issue of “Document” Now Available Online

Spring 2014 Issue of “Document” Now Available Online

The quarterly publication Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. The latest issue is now available online; scroll down to view. Highlights in the Spring 2014 issue include work from Myra Greene’s photography exhibit My White Friends, the MFA|EDA Class of 2014 thesis exhibition, updates on our new undergraduate classes, and […]


Ethics Film Series Explores the New South with “Junebug” on February 18

Ethics Film Series Explores the New South with "Junebug" on February 18

The annual Ethics Film Series at Duke University provides popular and accessible vehicles for talking about ethics around a particular theme. The 2014 installment explores the idea of a “New South,” featuring films that grapple with the realities of southern life and the tensions between social progress and persistent inequalities. Screenings and post-film discussions are free and open to the […]


Watch: “North Carolina’s School-to-Prison Pipeline” Student-Produced Video

This short documentary produced by undergraduates in the Fall 2013 Video for Social Change course taught at the Center for Documentary Studies is a vivid portrayal of the devastating effects of laws, policies, and practices that push youth out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The documentary was produced in association with the new organization […]


Exhibit of Myra Greene’s Racial Identity Portraits,”My White Friends,” Now on View at CDS

Exhibit of Myra Greene's Racial Identity Portraits,"My White Friends," Now on View at CDS

Myra Greene has often used the human body—primarily black and brown ones, often her own—to explore issues of difference, beauty, and memory. In conversations with white friends, she realized that they had very different notions of racial identity than her own; in one pivotal exchange, a friend remarked that he really didn’t think about whiteness. […]


From the Archive: The Negatives of Hugh Mangum

From the Archive: The Negatives of Hugh Mangum

This post is the first in a new series that takes a closer look at specific holdings of the Archive of Documentary Arts, which is part of Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The archive works closely with the Center for Documentary Studies and has been collecting work generated by CDS for almost […]


Listen: Short Pieces from the Intro to Audio Documentary Class

Listen: Short Pieces from the Intro to Audio Documentary Class

Each undergrad and grad student in the fall 2013 Intro to Audio Documentary class, taught by Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen, produced three audio pieces on a variety of themes. Some of the pieces tell stories that explore the role of sports in American society. Others were responses to past Third Coast ShortDocs challenges. Still others were on on a theme of […]


View/Listen: Final Projects from Fall 2013 Continuing Education Certificate Recipients

Jim Adams | Gaining Balance | Audio Jim Adams’ audio project was born out of his struggle to make sense of a deep personal loss. The piece was created from interviews with his brother,  father, and his own audio journals. Adams grew up in a small town in Indiana, and studied at the University of Indianapolis and Purdue University. […]


View Student Photos from “The Enduring Image: Defining Your Personal Style and Vision”

View Student Photos from "The Enduring Image: Defining Your Personal Style and Vision"

Students in a recent online photography course offered through the Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program, “The Enduring Image: Defining Your Personal Style and Vision,” created a twelve- to twenty-image portfolio that embodies the student’s singular vision. Scroll down for a slideshow of selected images. Instructor Bryce Lankard writes: “The goal of the course […]


CDS Audio Director John Biewen on the Broadcast Anniversary of “Little War on the Prairie”

CDS Audio Director John Biewen on the Broadcast Anniversary of "Little War on the Prairie"

“This may be the best episode of this radio show, ever.” “Unbelievably good and astonishingly tragic. I stood in my kitchen for an hour listening, fascinated, furious, and gut-punched.” These are just a few of the hundreds of comments received by the radio program This American Life following the November 2012 broadcast of Little War on […]


Reception and Artist’s Talk Celebrates Evgenia Arbugaeva’s “Tiksi” Exhibit, November 14

Reception and Artist's Talk Celebrates Evgenia Arbugaeva's "Tiksi" Exhibit, November 14

A reception and artist’s talk with photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva will celebrate her exhibit Tiksi, the acclaimed series of photographs from Arbugaeva’s hometown on Siberia’s Arctic Coast currently on view at the Center for Documentary Studies. View a slideshow of images below. Arbugaeva is in residence this fall at Duke University through a program administered by the Magnum Foundation Emergency […]


Photographer/Writer Jen Kinney Wins 2013 Lange-Taylor Prize

Photographer/Writer Jen Kinney Wins 2013 Lange-Taylor Prize

The Center for Documentary Studies has awarded the twenty-first Lange–Taylor Prize to American photographer and writer Jen Kinney for “City Under One Roof,” her ongoing project in Whittier, Alaska. Whittier is a tiny town on Alaska’s Prince William Sound that is only accessible by land through the longest rail and highway tunnel in North America, where […]


“Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene”: Exhibit and Book Features Gerard H. Gaskin’s Prizewinning Images

"Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene": Exhibit and Book Features Gerard H. Gaskin's Prizewinning Images

“Legendary allows us to bear witness to a group of people who are courageous enough to create their safe space. . . . In search of beauty, Gaskin’s photographs open our eyes to an extraordinary community of artists who are performing beauty.”—Deborah Willis, judge for the 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography In 2012, […]


Enjoy!: Student Work from Harvey Stein’s Documentary Street Photography Workshop

Enjoy!: Student Work from Harvey Stein's Documentary Street Photography Workshop

On September 27-29, the Center for Documentary Studies hosted renowned photographer Harvey Stein for a repeat performance of his popular three-day Documentary Street Photography workshop, first offered through our Continuing Education program in 2012. Again, Stein explained his approach, describing a set of very specific aesthetic and interpersonal methods for capturing glowing, revealing portraits of complete […]


Listen to “Hello, My Name Is…”, a Special Collection of CDS Student Audio Documentaries

Listen to "Hello, My Name Is...", a Special Collection of CDS Student Audio Documentaries

A collection of short pieces made by students in Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen’s Spring 2013 Short Audio Documentary course is now available online on Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Hello, My Name Is…, the one-hour special hosted by Biewen, features eleven student stories on the topic of “names and the naming of stuff,” […]


Evgenia Arbugaeva’s Acclaimed “Tiksi” Series Opens at CDS: Photographs from Siberia’s Arctic Coast

Evgenia Arbugaeva's Acclaimed “Tiksi" Series Opens at CDS: Photographs from Siberia's Arctic Coast

The Center for Documentary Studies is delighted to host an exhibit of photography by Evgenia Arbugaeva—images from Tiksi, a remote port town on Siberia’s Arctic coast. The photographer will be in residence this fall at Duke University through a program administered by the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund in partnership with Duke’s Center for International Studies; […]


New Fall 2013 Issue of “Document” Available Online

New Fall 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 fall issue include an interview with new CDS director Wesley Hogan, exhibits by CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Gerard H. […]