CDS Books at the Center for Documentary Studies are works of creative exploration by writers and photographers who convey new ways of seeing and understanding human experience in all its diversity—books that tell stories, challenge our assumptions, awaken our social conscience, and connect life, learning, and art.


Documentary Arts and Culture with the University of North Carolina Press

In a time when the tools of documentary are becoming accessible to wider groups of people and universities are founding programs to teach theories and traditions in documentary studies, the Center for Documentary Studies and the University of North Carolina Press are joining together to publish a series of books that promote the practice of documentary expression. Drawing on the perspectives of contemporary documentary artists and writers, books in the series will offer new and important ways to think about learning and doing documentary work and help build a historical and theoretical base for the study and practice of documentary.

New Releases

O. N. Pruitt’s Possum Town: Photographing Trouble and Resilience in the American South
The Pretend Villages: Inside the U.S. Military Training Grounds
Run Home If You Don't Want to Be Killed: The Detroit Uprising of 1943
Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial
The Historian's Eye: Photography, History, and the American Present
Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897–1922
Capturing the South: Imagining America's Most Documented Region by Scott L. Matthews

Full Catalogue

The Jazz Loft Project
Sam Stephenson
Driftless: Photographs From Iowa
Danny Wilcox Frazier
25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers, Vol. 2
Selected and with an introduction by Sylvia Plachy
The Idea of Cuba
Photographs by Alex Harris
25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers, Vol. 1
Foreword by Lauren Greenfield, Introduction by Tom Rankin
On Fire
Larry Schwarm
Lewis and Clark Revisited: A Photographer's Trail
Greg MacGregor, Introduction by James P. Ronda
Dream Street: W. Eugene Smith's Pittsburgh Project
Essay by Alan Trachtenberg, W. Eugene Smith
Sodom Laurel Album
Rob Amberg
Secret Games
Wendy Ewald, Preface by Adam D. Weinberg and Urs Stahel
Local Heroes Changing America
Foreword by Ray Suarez
On the Plains
Peter Brown, Introduction by Kathleen Norris
Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory
Bill Bamberger, Cathy N. Davidson