Archive for July, 2016

2016 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award Winners

2016 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award Winners

Five undergraduates from local universities pursued summerlong documentary projects as recipients of the 2016 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards. While many of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ awards are national or international in focus, the John Hope Franklin awards go to Triangle-area undergraduates who wish to pursue projects involving oral history, photography, film or video, and/or writing. Established by […]


August 6: Student Action with Farmworkers End of Summer Celebration

August 6: Student Action with Farmworkers End of Summer Celebration

Celebrate the success of Student Action with Farmworkers‘ current crop of farmworker activists by joining SAF for their end of summer celebration on August 6. Student Action with Farmworkers—a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more just agricultural system—has been a partner and documentary collaborator of the Center for Documentary Studies for over twenty years. Saturday, August 6, 6–9:30 p.m. Full Frame […]


2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2002, Larry Schwarm’s “On Fire”

2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2002, Larry Schwarm's "On Fire"

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a biennial prize that offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. Each year a significant and innovative artist, curator, or writer in photography is chosen to judge the prize […]


Duke Undergrads Exhibit Documentary Photographs in Berlin

Duke Undergrads Exhibit Documentary Photographs in Berlin

In late June, during the final week of the Duke-in-Berlin summer program, students, faculty, and local Berliners spilled out onto the sidewalk outside of the gallery tête, an innovative art space in the Prenzlauer Berg district of the city. Inside, a pop-up exhibition by eight undergraduates in a documentary photography course featured prints of their […]


Local Artists Featured in “Eyes on the South,” the Oxford American’s Photography Series

Local Artists Featured in "Eyes on the South," the Oxford American's Photography Series

For two weeks this month, Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) publishing and awards director Alexa Dilworth was guest curator for “Eyes on the South,” the Oxford American‘s weekly online photography series featuring current work from Southern artists or artists whose work concerns the South. She chose work by Lisa McCarty from Lumen, McCarty’s “ongoing experiment” involving handmade large-format cameras, and work by Kate Medley from […]


We’re Hiring! Apply Now for Full-Time Administrative Assistant to the Director Position

We’re Hiring! Apply Now for Full-Time Administrative Assistant to the Director Position

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) is hiring an Administrative Assistant to the Director who will be responsible for coordinating the daily logistics of CDS’s Director and performing a variety of administrative duties with wide latitude for exercising discretion and judgment. The Administrative Assistant must be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously […]


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 […]


Now Hiring! Full Frame Seeks Full-Time Programming Coordinator

Now Hiring! Full Frame Seeks Full-Time Programming Coordinator

NOTE: The search for this position is now closed. The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, is hiring a Programming Coordinator, who will be responsible for development, implementation, and management of core components of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s Programming Department, including the submission process, the selection […]


MFA|EDA Grad Alina Taalman Wins Inaugural $10,000 Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship

MFA|EDA Grad Alina Taalman Wins Inaugural $10,000 Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship

The Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship, made possible through a partnership between Cassilhaus, the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA|EDA), and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, was created with the idea that travel can be transformative in the life of an emerging artist. The biennial $10,000 fellowship, funded by Ellen […]


Registration Open for CDS’s Fall 2016 Continuing Ed Classes in the Doc Arts

Registration Open for CDS's Fall 2016 Continuing Ed Classes in the Doc Arts

A message from the Continuing Education program (#CDSCourses) at the Center for Documentary Studies, which offers classes year-round in photography, video, audio, narrative writing, and other creative media.: Fall 2016 courses are now open! Go to our registration page and click on “All Courses (A-Z)” to see a full list, or consult the Timetable of Current Courses […]


July 14: “Storymakers: Durham” Community Listening Event

July 14: "Storymakers: Durham" Community Listening Event

Storymakers: Durham is a collaborative project among producer John Biewen, audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies and host of CDS’s Scene on Radio podcast; North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC; SpiritHouse, Inc., a black women-led arts and organizing group; and the people of Durham, North Carolina. The project is a part of the Localore: Finding America, […]


July 12: “The Sound of Place” with Tina Antolini

July 12: "The Sound of Place" with Tina Antolini

Each summer, the Hearing Is Believing audio institute—offered through the Center for Documentary Studies‘ Continuing Education program—draws students from around the country for a weeklong immersion in the art of audio documentary. The institute is led each year by CDS audio program director John Biewen and visiting instructor Shea Shackelford. The 2016 institute will feature […]