Presented by Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Curated by Alex Harris and Elena Rue
Featuring: Amanda Berg, Noah Hendler, Kate Joyce, Emma Raynes, Amanda Van Scoyoc, and Sarah Stacke
Recent Duke University graduates – socially motivated young adults with documentary interests and experience – began collaborating with international nongovernmental organizations in 1995 as Hart Fellows, and their work became the catalyst for the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows program launched in 2002 at the Center for Documentary Studies. The Hine program has connected the talents of young documentarians with the resources and needs of organizations serving women, youth, and their communities in fifteen countries around the world. The goals of the Hine program are to increase the number of committed documentarians in the humanitarian field and to explore the potential of documentary work to be used as a tool for policy reform, abroad as well as in the United States.
As Hine Fellows work with youth and families, they often develop projects that are collaborative in their approach. Fellows give the tools of their trade back to local participants, asking them to document issues central to their daily lives. Fellows then connect these materials with their own projects, creating works that are not just about, but also by, the people with whom they engage. For children and adolescents in particular, participating in documentary work ensures their fundamental right to join in broader conversations that affect their lives.
The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) opened its doors at Duke University in 1990 as the first university-affiliated institution in the United States dedicated to documentary fieldwork as an interdisciplinary mode of inquiry, drawing upon photography, filmmaking, audio, oral history, folklore, writing and – more recently – multimedia as catalysts for education and change. CDS supports the active examination of contemporary society through artistic expression, the recognition of collaboration as central to documentary work, and the presentation of experiences that heighten historical and cultural awareness. CDS is recognized nationally and internationally for its pioneering work, conducted through courses; research; oral history and other fieldwork; gallery, online, and traveling exhibitions; annual awards; book publishing; radio and other audio programs; community-based projects; and public events. The Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program is part of a longstanding commitment to youth-focused work at the Center for Documentary Studies.