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Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2016 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2016 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On December 9, 2016, seven CDS Continuing Education students showed their final projects and received the Certificate in Documentary Arts. The graduation took place before an audience of friends, family, teachers, fellow students, and fans of documentary in the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus. A reception followed in the Boiler Room outside the theater. The six […]


Enjoy! Student work from Hal Goodtree’s Night Photography class

Enjoy! Student work from Hal Goodtree's Night Photography class

Over the course of six evenings in September and October of 2016, photographer and filmmaker Hal Goodtree brought eight CDS Continuing Education students out into the streets of Durham to learn Documentary Night Photography. They learned all about shooting in low light, then reviewed their work in group sessions each week. See a slideshow of their work below. Goodtree […]


Jessica Eve Rattner Wins CDS Prize for “House of Charm” Photo Essay

Jessica Eve Rattner Wins CDS Prize for "House of Charm" Photo Essay

“I have long been interested in our culture’s ideas of beauty, happiness, and mental health—especially as they relate to women. Who decides who is ‘crazy’ and who is ‘sane’?”—CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Jessica Eve Rattner For ten years, American photographer Jessica Eve Rattner has been creating an ongoing portrait of Lee, Rattner’s eighty-year-old neighbor in […]


October 14: First Meeting of the Archive of Documentary Arts Photobook Club

October 14: First Meeting of the Archive of Documentary Arts Photobook Club

The Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University has established a photobook club to explore and appreciate photography books found in the school’s Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. At the inaugural meeting on October 14, the group will discuss Robert Frank’s iconic photobook The Americans. Three copies of The Americans will be on reserve for public viewing at the Rubenstein Library […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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; […]


Student Documentary Work on View Through August in “Beyond the Front Porch 2013″

Eight senior undergraduates completed the Certificate in Documentary Studies at Duke University this past spring, and presented their final projects to the public in an open house celebration at the Center for Documentary Studies: David Chou, Michaela Dwyer, Melanie Houston, Alice Kim, Haley Read, Hannah Scott, Sarah Van Name, and Katie Vo. An exhibit of their work—Beyond the Front […]


CDS Undergraduate Instructor Christopher Sims Photographs Debate about Creationism in Kentucky for the “Financial Times Sunday Magazine”

CDS Undergraduate Instructor Christopher Sims Photographs Debate about Creationism in Kentucky for the "Financial Times Sunday Magazine"

CDS undergraduate instructor Christopher Sims was commissioned by the Financial Times Sunday Magazine this spring to create a series of photographs on the debate about creationism in Kentucky. The feature article by staff writer Barney Jopson, as well as an extended slideshow of Sims’s photographs, are now available online on the website of the Financial Times. […]


Book and Exhibit: “One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia”

Book and Exhibit: "One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia"

“I am frequently asked by people who have not seen my work why I spend my life documenting one simple place like Decatur County, Georgia. People confuse simple with small; they’re not the same thing. There are no simple places or simple lives. . . . . Life [in Decatur County] is like life everywhere, and I […]


Certificate in Documentary Studies Project Presentations and Exhibit: “Beyond the Front Porch 2013”

Certificate in Documentary Studies Project Presentations and Exhibit: "Beyond the Front Porch 2013"

Eight graduating seniors who are completing the Certificate in Documentary Studies at Duke University will present their final projects to the public in an open house celebration at the Center for Documentary Studies: David Chou, Michaela Dwyer, Melanie Houston, Alice Kim, Haley Read, Hannah Scott, Sarah Van Name, and Katie Vo. An exhibit of the students’ work, […]


“Haikus and Other Mathematics”: Short Films by MFA in Experimental & Doc Arts Students, April 19

"Haikus and Other Mathematics": Short Films by MFA in Experimental & Doc Arts Students, April 19

Students in Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program will present a program of short films produced in conjunction with instructor/award-winning filmmaker Josh Gibson‘s Experimental Film course. Haikus and Other Mathematics includes work by twelve students in the Class of 2014: Runa A, Kristin Bedford, Rachel Boillot, Brenda L. Burmeister, Malina Chavez, Erin Espelie, Sarah […]


Gerard H. Gaskin Wins 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

Gerard H. Gaskin Wins 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography judge Deborah Willis, the renowned curator, historian, and photographer, has chosen Gerard H. Gaskin to win the prize for his black-and-white and color photographs that document the African American and Latino house and ballroom community. Willis says that she found Gaskin’s photographs “innovative and spirited,” the images filled with both […]


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

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

Acclaimed documentary photographer Harvey Stein visited the Center for Documentary Studies in the fall of 2012 to give a talk related to an exhibit of his photographs then on view, Coney Island 40 Years, and to teach a documentary street photography workshop in our Continuing Education program. The nineteen fortunate participants—the class was wait-listed in […]


“Coney Island 40 Years”: Photo Exhibit Featuring the Work of Harvey Stein Closes October 27

 "Coney Island 40 Years": Photo Exhibit Featuring the Work of Harvey Stein Closes October 27

Coney Island 40 Years will close a popular three-month run at CDS on October 27; the exhibit features black-and-white images from renowned photographer Harvey Stein‘s recent book of the same name as well as a small selection of color images from an earlier book. Stein first went to shoot at Coney Island in 1970, never imagining that it would […]


“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 […]


Reception for Three New Exhibits Celebrating Student Action With Farmworkers History, Thursday, September 20

Reception for Three New Exhibits Celebrating Student Action With Farmworkers History, Thursday, September 20

Three new exhibitions at Duke University Libraries explore the human experience of farmworkers and the history of a nonprofit organization,  Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), dedicated to improving their lives; the exhibits will be on view through December 9, 2012.  An opening reception will feature Latin American food and speakers reflecting on SAF’s evolution and the transformative power of […]