Photographer MJ Sharp, a Center for Documentary Studies instructor, did an independent study with undergraduate student Jack Anderson that culminated in his exhibition of nighttime black-and-white photographs, Hidden in Plain Sight: Architectural Reminders of Durham’s Vital Past. Sharp explores the world at night in her work, as does Anderson. “We talk like two old crusty sailors about shooting...
Eight graduating seniors who have completed the Certificate in Documentary Studies at Duke University are showcasing their final projects in Beyond the Front Porch 2013. At an open house celebration at CDS on April 26, the students presented their projects and received their certificates. 2013 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates:
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“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 cannot think of a higher goal than understanding what we can of it.”—Paul Kwilecki, excerpted...
Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier began to document herself and her family as a teenager. Now 31, her recent work extends that intimate circle to include her hometown, Braddock, Pennsylvania, and the ties that bind people to place, place to people, for both good and ill. Braddock was a thriving industrial hub for close to a century, the site of steel baron Andrew Carnegie’s first mill.
Renaissance man Gordon Parks would have been one hundred years old on November 30, 2012 (he died in 2006, at 93). As a young man during the Depression, he joined the Civil Conservation Corps, the New Deal work relief program; played semi-professional sports; and did various odd jobs until 1942, when he joined the Library of Congress’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) as the first [Julius]...