Past Exhibits


Monday, September 16, 2013 - 9:00am to Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 5:00pm Evgenia Arbugaeva
Porch and University Galleries

The Center for Documentary Studies is delighted to host an exhibit of this acclaimed series by Evgenia Arbugaeva—images from Tiksi, a remote port town on Siberia’s Arctic coast. The photographer will be in residence this fall at Duke University through a program administered by the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund in partnership with Duke’s Center for International Studies.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Architectural Reminders of Durham's Vital Past

Monday, May 6, 2013 - 9:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 5:00pm Jack Anderson
Porch Gallery

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...

Beyond the Front Porch 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 9:30am to Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 5:00pm CDS Undergraduates
University Gallery

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:

One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 9:00am to Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 5:00pm Paul Kwilecki
Kreps and Lyndhurst Galleries

“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...

Campaign for Braddock Hospital (Save Our Community Hospital)

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 9:00am to Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 5:00pm LaToya Ruby Frazier
Kreps Gallery

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.