Abbie Gascho Landis Awarded 2015 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

    Abbie Gascho Landis Awarded 2015 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

    By now I have become a freshwater mussel groupie. I fawn over photographs. . . . I stalk them from a distance, writing their names in my notebooks: fatmucket, pistolgrip, heelsplitter, shinyrayed pocketbook, spectaclecase, pigtoe, snufflebox. I pore over their bios. Posters of mussels hang in our bedroom. —Abbie Gascho Landis, from her prizewinning essay […]

    Watch: “East Durham Stories,” From the 2015 Documentary Video Institute

    Watch: “East Durham Stories,” From the 2015 Documentary Video Institute

    2015 marked the twelfth year of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ Documentary Video Institute, offered each summer through our Continuing Education program. In early June, students in the Documentary Video Institute returned to the East Durham, North Carolina, neighborhood for the second year of a planned three-year collaboration with this dynamic and diverse part of the city. Sixteen students […]

    Enjoy Online: Spring/Summer 2015 Issue of “Document”

    Enjoy Online: Spring/Summer 2015 Issue of “Document”

    The quarterly publication Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. The current issue is now available online; scroll down to view. Highlights in the Spring 2015 issue include work from the BINNEGOED: Coloured and South African Photography exhibit curated by CDS exhibitions intern Candice Jansen, 2015 CDS-Honickman First Book Prize and Full Frame Documentary […]

    Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Video Projects on Robbins, North Carolina

    Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Video Projects on Robbins, North Carolina

    One small town. Seven stories. Seven filmmakers. Despite popular misconceptions, the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians live in towns of 5,000 people or less. We are a state of small towns. In fact, NC has the second-most number of small towns in the country. But all is not well. The mass exodus of manufacturing abroad […]

    Remembering Mary Ellen Mark

    Remembering Mary Ellen Mark

    We at the Center for Documentary Studies feel extremely fortunate to have worked with the inimitable Mary Ellen Mark over the years—her Undrabörn/Extraordinary Child photographs were on exhibit here in 2009–10 (the first presentation of that body of work in the United States), and in 2008 she served as the judge of our First Book Prize in […]

    Events+Exhibitions

    FREE July 17: Full Frame Third Friday Screening of “In Transit"
    FREE July 17: Full Frame Third Friday Screening of “In Transit”

    Put it on your calendar: the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will present a free Third Frida…

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    Brenna Cukier, Laura Doggett, and Nicholas Pilarski: 2015–16 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows
    Brenna Cukier, Laura Doggett, and Nicholas Pilarski: 2015–16 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows

    The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to announce the 2015–16 Lewis Hine Documentary Fel…

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    Student Work

    Now Available: Lineup for Fall 2015 Continuing Education Courses, Both Onsite and Online
    Now Available: Lineup for Fall 2015 Continuing Education Courses, Both Onsite and Online

    The Center for Documentary Studies offers Continuing Education classes year-round—in photography, …

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