Alex Harris

Professor of the Practice/Hine Fellows


1317 W. Pettigrew St. L100


(919) 660-3659


Alex Harris is a photographer, writer, and teacher. He has photographed for extended periods in Cuba, the Inuit villages of Alaska, the Hispanic villages of northern New Mexico, and across the American South. He has taught at Duke for more than three decades through the Sanford School, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts Program. At CDS he is the creative director of the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program. He is a founder of CDS (1989) and of DoubleTake Magazine (1995). Harris’s awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, and a Lyndhurst Prize. His book, River of Traps, with William deBuys was a 1991 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction. Harris’s work is represented in major museum photographic collections and his photographs have been exhibited widely, including two solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York. As a photographer and editor, Harris has published sixteen books, including The Idea of Cuba (2007) and Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City (2012), with E. O. Wilson.  In the fall of 2017 his book with Margaret Sartor, Dream of A House: The Passions and Preoccupations of Reynolds Price, will be published. He is currently photographing in the South with a commission from the High Museum in Atlanta.

Alex Harris