Archive for October, 2011

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 […]


The Troubling Violence Performance Project, This Week at CDS and UNC

The Troubling Violence Performance Project, This Week at CDS and UNC

Folklorists’ research often takes them into communities about which outsiders know little, but Elaine Lawless, Professor of English at the University of Missouri and current Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor at UNC and Duke, took an unusually imaginative and harrowing step when she decided to spend her sabbatical year volunteering at a shelter for women fleeing […]


New Book: “Literacy and Justice Through Photography:
 A Classroom Guide”

New Book: “Literacy and Justice Through Photography:
 A Classroom Guide”

In 1990, photographer Wendy Ewald, with encouragement from Durham, North Carolina, school administrators and support from the Center for Documentary Studies, started the Literacy Through Photography (LTP) program, working in the Durham Public Schools to make photographs the basis for a variety of learning experiences across the curriculum. Since then, LTP has worked with numerous […]


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 […]


Photographer Benjamin Lowy’s “Iraq | Perspectives” Exhibition and Book Signing at Perkins Library

Photographer Benjamin Lowy’s "Iraq | Perspectives" Exhibition and Book Signing at Perkins Library

Photojournalist Benjamin Lowy, a freelance photographer based in Brooklyn, New York, began his career in 2003 when he was embedded with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division to cover the Iraq War. Lowy’s career as a conflict photographer has also taken him to Haiti, Darfur, and Afghanistan, among other places. Last year Lowy’s photographs from […]


Spring 2012 Undergraduate Courses Announced

Spring 2012 Undergraduate Courses Announced

The undergraduate program in Documentary Studies allows undergraduate students to connect their educational experiences to broader community life through documentary fieldwork projects. Program courses challenge students to combine intellectual ideas with grassroots engagement as they use tools of documentary inquiry to learn and render in various mediums. Documentary Studies students combine their coursework with a […]


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 […]


Teka Selman Guest Curates “here.” at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia

Teka Selman Guest Curates "here." at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia

Teka Selman, assistant director of Duke’s Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts, is a guest curator for a new exhibition, here., that examines the role of “place” in American art. Through December 31 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 118 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102 here. considers how place is not simply the […]


World Premiere of “The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders” October 26–November 13

World Premiere of "The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders" October 26–November 13

PlayMakers Repertory Company Center for Dramatic Art 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina Wednesday, October 26—Sunday, November 13 Documentary theater at its best: The new play The Parchman Hour transforms the history of the 1961 Freedom Rides into lively firsthand experiences that ripple with the immediacy of the present moment. In 1961, a […]


CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Launches New Website

CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Launches New Website

The Center for Documentary Studies and The Honickman Foundation (THF), based in Philadelphia, co-sponsor a prestigious biennial prize for American photographers, the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, the only one of its kind. Winners of the prize receive a $3,000 grant, publication of a book of photography, and inclusion in the prize’s new website, […]


“Being There: The Work of Bruce Jackson” Symposium on November 4 in Buffalo

“Being There: The Work of Bruce Jackson” Symposium on November 4 in Buffalo

Acclaimed folklorist, documentary filmmaker, and photographer Bruce Jackson will be honored at a special symposium at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York on November 4. “Being There: The Work of Bruce Jackson” Friday, November 4, 7 p.m. Auditorium at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York The symposium will focus […]


Podcasts Available: Projects from the 2011 Summer Audio Institute

Podcasts Available: Projects from the 2011 Summer Audio Institute

“Hearing Is Believing” is a one-week continuing-education course offered every summer at the Center for Documentary Studies. Each July, 24 people come from across the country to learn the basics of audio documentary-making and to collaborate with a fellow participant in producing a short piece. This year the stories emerged from a collaboration between CDS […]


Duke Magazine Website Features “Documenting Duke” Audio Work by CDS Undergraduates

Duke Magazine Website Features "Documenting Duke" Audio Work by CDS Undergraduates

Through a collaboration between the Center for Documentary Studies and Duke Magazine, students in John Biewen’s undergraduate classes “Introduction to Audio Documentary” and “The Short Audio Documentary” have produced audio features to complement stories featured in the magazine. Among the recent audio pieces posted to Duke Magazine’s website is a piece by Elisabeth Michel, who […]


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 […]


Register Now for “Photography Kickstarter” Workshop October 22 and 29 with Ava Johnson

Register Now for "Photography Kickstarter" Workshop October 22 and 29 with Ava Johnson

Photography Kickstarter: Darkroom Basics is a two-day workshop (Saturdays, October 22 and 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., lunch break on your own) that will give beginning photographers as well as more advanced students a chance to practice and enhance their darkroom skills. This workshop provides an opportunity to develop that black-and-white film sitting around in the […]


“Image and Meaning: Challenging History & Photography” Panel October 27 at NCSU

"Image and Meaning: Challenging History & Photography" Panel October 27 at NCSU

Image and Meaning: Challenging History & Photography An evening of thinking and talking about photography Thursday, October 27, 6 p.m. Gregg Museum of Art & Design Talley Student Center at North Carolina State University 2610 Cates Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina In conjunction with the current exhibition Earth with Meaning: The Photographs of Alan Cohen, the […]


Talk by English Film Director and Screenwriter John Akomfrah October 27 at the Nasher Museum of Art

Talk by English Film Director and Screenwriter John Akomfrah October 27 at the Nasher Museum of Art

English film director and screenwriter John Akomfrah, best known as one of the founders of the Black Audio Film Collective, will be a visiting artist on Duke University’s campus October 25-27. Akomfrah is dedicated to examining issues of Black British identity through film and media. With more than 14 films to his credit, his work […]


Elaine Lawless: “Missed Representations: Visual Imagery of Intimate Partner Violence” and the Troubling Violence Performance Project

Elaine Lawless: “Missed Representations: Visual Imagery of Intimate Partner Violence" and the Troubling Violence Performance Project

Folklorists’ research often takes them into communities about which outsiders know little, but Elaine Lawless, Professor of English at the University of Missouri and current Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor at UNC and Duke, took an unusually imaginative and harrowing step when she decided to spend her sabbatical year volunteering at a shelter for women fleeing […]


Documentary Writing Speaker Series: John Jeremiah Sullivan Reads from “Pulphead” October 25 at the Regulator Bookshop

Documentary Writing Speaker Series: John Jeremiah Sullivan Reads from "Pulphead" October 25 at the Regulator Bookshop

Pulphead is a sharp-eyed, uniquely humane tour of America’s cultural landscape—from high to low to lower than low—by an award-winning young star of the literary nonfiction world. In it, John Jeremiah Sullivan takes us on an exhilarating tour of our popular, unpopular, and at times completely forgotten culture. Simultaneously channeling the gonzo energy of Hunter S. Thompson […]


“Living with Jim Crow” Wins Oral History Association Biennial Book Award

"Living with Jim Crow" Wins Oral History Association Biennial Book Award

Living with Jim Crow: African American Women and Memories of the Segregated South (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) by Anne Valk and Leslie Brown, recently won the 2011 Oral History Association biennial book award. The award was established in 1993 to recognize a published book that uses oral history to make a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship; […]


Latin American Film Festival 25th Anniversary Celebration on November 6 at UNC-Chapel Hill

Latin American Film Festival 25th Anniversary Celebration on November 6 at UNC-Chapel Hill

Local filmmakers Rodrigo Dorfman, Altha Cravey, Penny Simpson, and Charlie Thompson of the Center for Documentary Studies will participate in a panel discussion on the UNC campus in conjunction with the 25th anniversary celebration of North Carolina’s Latin American Film Festival. Sunday, November 6, 4 p.m. Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center UNC-Chapel Hill […]


Development Job Opportunity at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Development Associate Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Durham, North Carolina   The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, is seeking a Development Associate to work directly with the Executive Director of Full Frame on all aspects of fundraising, including individual gifts, grants, sponsorships, and government […]


Tim Tyson Discusses James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” on November 2 at Perkins Library

Tim Tyson Discusses James Baldwin's "The Fire Next Time" on November 2 at Perkins Library

On November 2 at Perkins Library, Timothy B. Tyson, a senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies, will discuss James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time with Frank Stasio, host of NPR’s “The State of Things,” in a special live recording in the DukeReads series. Tyson calls Baldwin’s modern classic “one of the best […]


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 […]