Archive for December, 2012

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 […]


CDS Audio Director John Biewen on “Sure-Handedness: Radio That Knows What It’s Doing”

CDS Audio Director John Biewen on "Sure-Handedness: Radio That Knows What It's Doing"

Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen gave a presentation at the Third Coast International Audio Festival‘s 2012 conference—”Sure-Handedness: Radio That Knows What It’s Doing”—that won rave reviews from attendees for its examination of  successful radio pieces and their structure, writing, and editing. Listen to a podcast of the presentation here and participate in the editing exercise near the end […]


Unique Photo Book: “Choctaw Gardens” by Hilda Stuart

Unique Photo Book: "Choctaw Gardens" by Hilda Stuart

Hilda Stuart, photographer and mother of country music icon Marty Stuart, has been documenting the life around her since she was a sixteen-year-old growing up on a farm in Neshoba County, Mississippi in the 1940s. During the mid-1950s she worked as an assistant at the George Day Photography Studios in Philadelphia, Mississippi; while Stuart embarked on […]


Who or What Has Most Influenced MFA Students’ Work? Find Out on Their Blog, “Influences”

Who or What Has Most Influenced MFA Students' Work? Find Out on Their Blog, "Influences"

The fifteen first-year students in Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program—the class of 2014—have launched their Influences blog, created as part of the Documentary Fieldwork seminar. Under the guidance of instructor Alex Harris, each student began creating a new body of documentary work, but in addition to moving forward with their own artistic practice, Harris […]


MFA Student Eric Barstow Directs Short Doc, “¿Que Será Del Caribe?,” on Costa Ricans’ Fight to Save Their Home

MFA Student Eric Barstow Directs Short Doc, "¿Que Será Del Caribe?," on Costa Ricans' Fight to Save Their Home

Dice que de San Jose viene un monstro (They say that a monster is coming from San Jose)  Va para el Caribe Sur  (It’s headed to the Caribe Sur) Viene a dejar sin trabajo a mi gente (It’s coming to leave my people without work) Dejara desolación (It will leave desolation) — ¿Que Será Del Caribe? by […]


Introducing . . .

Introducing . . .

The Center for Documentary Studies has a new be-caped protector, Chatterley, who we named in honor of its creator. Photographer and handmade-camera artist Cedric Chatterley made us an overhead light from an old enlarger, upon which Chatterley, fabricated, perches while watching over those who sit and visit and work on our famous porch. Chatterley, man, tells the origin story: […]


“The Jazz Loft Project” Exhibition Opens at the Center for Creative Photography

"The Jazz Loft Project" Exhibition Opens at the Center for Creative Photography

The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965, an award-winning multimedia exhibition of photographs, videos, and recordings of some of the jazz world’s greatest musicians and underground jam session artists, will be presented at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson from Friday, December 14, 2012, through Sunday, […]


Event for E.O. Wilson and Alex Harris’s Acclaimed New Book, “Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City”

Event for E.O. Wilson and Alex Harris's Acclaimed New Book, "Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City"

An event with storied evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson and documentary photographer Alex Harris at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University will celebrate the publication of their acclaimed new book, Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City. The event is free and open to the public. Wilson, now in his eighties, has […]


Registration Now Open for Spring and Summer 2013 Continuing Ed Classes in the Documentary Arts

The Continuing Education program at the Center for Documentary Studies offers classes in photography, video, audio, narrative writing, multimedia, and other creative media for adults who are interested in learning or continuing to do their own documentary work. Registration is now open for 2013 spring classes and summer institutes. In addition to the wide array of established classes […]


Graduation and Final Project Presentations by Fall 2012 Certificate in Documentary Arts Students

Graduation and Final Project Presentations by Fall 2012 Certificate in Documentary Arts Students

Five continuing education students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program at the Center for Documentary Studies will present their final projects and receive their certificates at an event that is free and open to the public. A reception will follow at the Center for Documentary Studies. The students and their projects are listed below. Final Documentary […]