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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 […]


Talk by Duke Artist-in-Residence, Afghan Photographer Zalmai: Tuesday, September 18

Talk by Duke Artist-in-Residence, Afghan Photographer Zalmai: Tuesday, September 18

Afghan photographer Zalmai received the 2011 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grant for his recent series Walking in Quicksand: Afghan Refugees in Greece*. During a week-long residency at Duke University’s Center for International Studies (DUCIS), the artist will give a presentation at the Center for Documentary Studies on that project and others. The Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund Program created the […]


“Colors of Confinement”: New Book Features Rare Color Photos of Japanese American Internment

"Colors of Confinement": New Book Features Rare Color Photos of Japanese American Internment

In 1942, Bill Manbo and his family were forced from their Hollywood home into the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, a Japanese American internment camp in Wyoming. While there, Manbo documented both the bleakness and beauty of his surroundings using Kodachrome film—a technology then just seven years old—to capture community celebrations and to record his family’s struggle […]


Confessions of a Photo Awards Juror: “In the End, I Could Only Go With the Portfolio That Drew Me in the Most.”

Confessions of a Photo Awards Juror: “In the End, I Could Only Go With the Portfolio That Drew Me in the Most."

CDS Publishing and Awards Director Alexa Dilworth describes what drew her attention as she made her way through hundreds of portfolios submitted for the 2012 Daylight Photo Awards, and what distinguished the body of work she ultimately chose: I was honored when Taj Forer and Michael Itkoff asked me to be a juror for this […]


Party in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Celebrates the Jazz Loft Project, July 27

Party in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Celebrates the Jazz Loft Project, July 27

At a Last Friday event in Hillsborough, North Carolina, the arts/photography publishing organization Daylight will host a Jazz Loft Project party at the Daylight Project Space, featuring music until dusk, a multimedia screening, selected audio recordings, and a short presentation by Jazz Loft Project director Sam Stephenson. Refreshments will be served; the event is free […]


George C. Stoney, 1916–2012: CDS Director Tom Rankin Remembers an Iconic Documentarian

George C. Stoney, 1916–2012: CDS Director Tom Rankin Remembers an Iconic Documentarian

In George Stoney’s July 14 obituary, the New York Times described him as “a dean of American documentary film . . . acclaimed in equal measure for his roles as a filmmaker, teacher, and prophet of social change at the barrel of a camera.” Here, Center for Documentary Studies director Tom Rankin shares a few thoughts on […]


Watch: Student Action with Farmworkers Director, Melinda Wiggins, Honored at White House

Watch: Student Action with Farmworkers Director, Melinda Wiggins, Honored at White House

Melinda Wiggins, director of Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), was recently honored at the White House as one of ten Champions of Change, a weekly program created by the Obama administration to highlight leaders and innovators from different sectors across the country.  In recognition of National Farmworker Awareness Week, and what would have been the […]


Listen: “This American Life” Host Ira Glass Visits CDS Audio Course

Listen: "This American Life" Host Ira Glass Visits CDS Audio Course

Undergrad students in the Short Audio Documentary course at CDS were excited, and a little nervous, when they learned that This American Life host and executive producer Ira Glass was coming to class to talk to them about their audio pieces. CDS audio director John Biewen, who teaches the course, contacted Glass before the radio […]


Duke MFA Visiting Artist Presentation by Photographer Jim Dow, Wednesday, March 21

Photographer Jim Dow will return to the Duke campus this week as a Visiting Artist in Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. He will present a slideshow and lecture, “Walker Evans as a Post-Modern Construction,” in the course Innovation and Tradition in the Documentary Arts; the event is free and open to the […]


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 […]


Watch Videos: Final Projects of Fall 2011 Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates

Watch Videos: Final Projects of Fall 2011 Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates

Throughout the year, CDS offers continuing education courses in the documentary arts to people of all ages and backgrounds. Some choose to enroll in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program, which offers a more structured sequence of courses culminating in the Final Seminar in Documentary Studies, where students finish and present a substantial documentary work—photography, […]


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

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

Interview with Lorenzo Martelli Juror’s Pick (Stacey Clarkson), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize “‘I am not my home,’ he kept telling me over and over, but one day he decided to let me in,’ explains Lorenzo Martelli regarding his endeavor to portray the private, melancholy world of Charlie, a disinherited Milanese count. Intimate and respectful, […]


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

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

Interview with Shane Lavalette Juror’s Pick (Whitney Johnson), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize What captivates you most about the South? The musical history of the South is so rich and complex, it made for a natural point of departure for this body of work. I’m captivated by the stories passed down in song, and how […]


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

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

Interview with Baldomero Fernandez Juror’s Pick (Sasha Wolf), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize In what ways, if any, does your Cuban background impact your work? It impacts my work in subtle ways. I approach image-making with a different filter than someone with a different background. I believe every image-maker has their own filter dictated by […]


Interview with Kris Vervaeke, Juror’s Pick, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize

Interview with Kris Vervaeke, Juror’s Pick, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize

Interview with Kris Vervaeke Juror’s Pick (Stacey Clarkson), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize Many people fall into the grind of the corporate world and brush their passions aside. What motivated you to leave your corporate career and transition solely towards freelance photography? I had worked for more than fifteen years for the same company; I […]


Interview with David Pace, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize Winner

Interview with David Pace, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize Winner

Interview with David Pace Winner, Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize The images in Friday Night seem formally quite different from your other work, such as Re: Collections, or even the series Kiosks and Market Day from Burkina Faso. Would you agree? You are quite right that the images in Friday Night are different from my […]


Interview with Tamas Dezso, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize Winner

Interview with Tamas Dezso, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize Winner

Interview with Tamas Dezso Winner and Jurors’ Pick (Darren Ching and Sasha Wolf), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize How did you become interested in photography? How did you decide it was to be something that you wanted to pursue seriously? Following the political changes of 1989 when the Russian army withdrew, having been stationed in […]


John Cyr, Juror’s Pick (Anthony Bannon), Project Prize (2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

John Cyr, Juror’s Pick (Anthony Bannon), Project Prize (2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

John Cyr Juror’s Pick, Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize “Crisp, contained, conceptual, and attractively self-conscious. A charm. Couldn’t be better.”—Anthony Bannon From the mid-nineteenth century until today, silver gelatin printing has been one of the most utilized photographic processes, and until the mid-1970s, from classic reportage to fine art, a majority of photographs were produced […]


Podcast Available: “Can Photography Make You a Better Doctor?: Reflections on a Life in Photography and Medicine,” By John Moses

Podcast Available: “Can Photography Make You a Better Doctor?: Reflections on a Life in Photography and Medicine,” By John Moses

In this talk, “Can Photography Make You a Better Doctor? Reflections on a Life in Photography and Medicine,” Duke pediatrician and photographer John Moses discusses how he has used photography over the past twenty-five years to better understand the lives of his patients and hopefully to become a better doctor. Moses first came to photography […]


Kris Vervaeke, Juror’s Pick (Stacey Clarkson), Project Prize (2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Kris Vervaeke, Juror's Pick (Stacey Clarkson), Project Prize (2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Kris Vervaeke Juror’s Pick, Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize “Kris Vervaeke’s collection of photographs documenting decaying images found on tombstones in China demonstrates tremendous grace and intelligence. With uncommon elegance, the project provides viewers contemplative space to ponder its many layers of meaning involving ritual, loss, time, community, and even photography itself. It is a […]


Lorenzo Martelli, Juror’s Pick (Stacey Clarkson), Work-in-Process Prize (2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Lorenzo Martelli, Juror's Pick (Stacey Clarkson), Work-in-Process Prize (2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Lorenzo Martelli Juror’s Pick, Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize “‘I am not my home,’ he kept telling me over and over, but one day he decided to let me in,’ explains Lorenzo Martelli regarding his endeavor to portray the private, melancholy world of Charlie, a disinherited Milanese count. Intimate and respectful, these thoughtful black-and-white photographs […]


Sebastian Liste, Juror’s Pick (Whitney Johnson), Project Prize (2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Sebastian Liste, Juror's Pick (Whitney Johnson), Project Prize (2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Sebastian Liste Juror’s Pick, Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize “For two years, Sebastián Liste has photographed the daily lives of over one hundred families who formed a community in an abandoned chocolate factory in Brazil. His long-term commitment to the project has revealed an intimate and complex story—one that captures not only the consequences of […]


Shane Lavalette, Juror’s Pick (Whitney Johnson), Work-in-Process Prize (2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Shane Lavalette, Juror's Pick (Whitney Johnson), Work-in-Process Prize (2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Shane Lavalette Juror’s Pick, Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize “Young Shane Lavalette has already demonstrated his commitment to the photography industry: As the founder and editor of Lay Flat, he is collaborating with photographers to create books that reflect each artist’s vision. Here, we see Shane’s own view, a series of color images that consider […]


James Dodd, Juror’s Pick (Anthony Bannon), Work-in-Process Prize (2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

James Dodd, Juror's Pick (Anthony Bannon), Work-in-Process Prize (2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

James Dodd Juror’s Pick, Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize “Whether in or out of the water, the series works with wonder and with purpose, and that is a winning combination. It is held tightly together by the grace of humor, awe, and consistent style that hold out promise for the work’s completion.”—Anthony Bannon Sport funding […]