Announcements

  1. Created by Light – Photographs from North Carolina Collections, Cameron Art Museum

    Wilmington, NC, September 16, 2017 - February 11, 2018

    Exploring the photography collections of eight North Carolina institutions, the exhibition will examine the evolution of photography highlighting the names of the medium; the connections between the institutions and NC artists working in the medium. Institutions contributing to the exhibition: Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill; Asheville Art Museum, Asheville; Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington; Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Raleigh; Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; The Mint Museum, Charlotte; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.

  2. Where Hope Finds Home Exhibition

    Photographs by Kristin Rehder, Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin and Marshall College, February 14 - April 9, 2017. Essay by Alex Harris in exhibition catalogue

  3. Living Saints exhibition

    Loveland Museum, Loveland, Colorado

    Photographs by Alex Harris

    December 3, 2016 – February 5, 2017

    Foote Room
    Opening Celebration: Saturday, December 17, 11 am – 1 pm

    The art of devotional objects is explored with a series of color photographs by Alex Harris from the collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. In 1972, Harris made a rural Hispanic village high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains his home. For over twenty years, he documented the lives and culture of this Hispanic region. This series of photographs uncovers the many ways sacred images permeate everyday life and how they are intrinsic to the life of a community. This exhibit is presented in conjunction with Modern Devotion: Santos y Santeras.

  4. Picturing The South Commission

    In 2017, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta commissioned photographer Alex Harris for the Museum’s “Picturing the South” photography series. For this distinctive initiative, established in 1996, the High commissions established and emerging photographers to produce work inspired by the American South. Past participants include Sally Mann, Dawoud Bey, Richard Misrach, Emmet Gowin, Alex Webb, Martin Parr, Kael Alford, Shane Lavalette, and Alec Soth, whose commissions have all been added to the High’s permanent collection. For his project, “The South in a New Light,” Harris will photograph on narrative film and TV sets in the South during 2017 and 2018.

  5. Queen of Everything You See

    has been selected for the 33rd annual Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival in Kassel Germany, and will be screened on Friday November 18th at 9:15AM

  6. Moderator, William Gedney panel discussion

    Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, Wednesday February 10, 2016


    PANELISTS
    Peter Galassi, former cheif curator at MoMA
    Philip Gefter, author and photography critic
    Lisa McCarty, curator at Duke University
    Margaret Sartor, professor at Duke University and editor of *What Was True* by William Gedney

  7. Actual Size: Exploring the Photographic contact print

    Cassilhaus Gallery, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, curated by Frank Konhaus, December 15, 2015 - March 15, 2016

  8. Where We Live: A North Carolina Portrait

     
    Photographs by Alex Harris, Amanda Berg, Rachel Boillot, & Jennifer Stratton
    March 5 - June 26, 2016, Rubenstein Photography Gallery
    Archive of Documentary Arts, Duke University
    Reception and Artist Talk: April 28, 2016, 4-7pm, Rubensetein Photography Gallery

     

  9. Always Go in on your Tip-Toes: Documenting the lives of others

    A CONVERSATION BETWEEN MARCO WERMAN AND ALEX HARRIS
    Thursday, November 5, 2015
    Noon-1:15 – Light lunch served.

    Forum for Scholars and Publics
    Old Chemistry Building 011
    Duke University West Campus,
    415 Chapel Drive, Durham, North Carolina


    Join us for a discussion with Marco Werman (T ’83), journalist and host of Public Radio International’s show, “The World,” and Alex Harris, Duke University professor and acclaimed documentary photographer. Together, the two will look back at Werman’s early work in journalism and documentary storytelling as an undergraduate student in Harris’s “American Communities” course, and explore how that experience has shaped Werman’s approach to telling other people’s stories.

    Recalling his experience in Harris’s class, Werman has said, “I keep my first photo [for that course] in a frame today on my desk at work. The man in the photo has his fist right in my lens. It serves as a reminder that I should always go into a story on tip-toes, never guns blazing.”

  10. Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows at Photoville

    A retrospective exhibition of the work of the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program opening September 10, 2015 at Photoville in New York City. Curated by Alex Harris and Elena Rue.

    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.

     

  11. “Animals in Photographs”  by Arpad Kovacs published by the J. Paul Getty Museum, june 2015,

    From the invention of photography up through the internet age, animals have been a frequent subject of the camera’s lens, from portraits of beloved pets and exotic creatures to the documentation of human cruelty against them. Drawing on the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, this book traces the relationship between animals in photographs and the rapidly advancing technology of photography. In this vivid and engaging book, Arpad Kovacs explores the social, symbolic, scientific, and aesthetic approaches to a subject that has been of continuous interest to photographers across the centuries.

  12. Bureau of Arts and Culture Summer 2015 Issue - interview and photo essay

    Alex Harris’s Photographs are Quintessentially and to the Core: American. He is a Master Photographer with decades of consistently important, relevant and revelatory images. From the early Nineteen Seventies with a sociallyconscious black and white portfolio and a degree from Yale, Harris captured images on the front lines of culturally significant moments. In The Nineteen Eighties he founded the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. In the Nineties, he co founded the groundbreaking photographic magazine, Double Take.  He has received fellowships from The Guggenheim& Rockefeller, has published fifteen books and is a Professor for the Practice of Public Policy and Documentary Studies at Duke. His work in CUBA was very Influential to many of his contemporaries. We are very pleased to bring you the very first of several Photographic Essays Celebrating The Art, The Experience and The Conversation of One of America’s Best and Brightest Living Photographers,  Ladies and Gentlemen,  meet Mister Alex Harris

  13. Robert B. Cox teaching award for excellence in the social sciences

    Teaching a new generation of students is an essential part of why faculty members choose their careers. And many learn to teach very well.

    On the last day of classes Wednesday, more than 50 faculty and administrators in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences gathered at the Doris Duke Center to present Trinity College’s annual teaching awards.

  14. In Practice Works by Duke Arts Faculty to open at the Power Plant Gallery

    The Power Plant Gallery at American Tobacco Campus is a joint initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University.  A laboratory for the arts, the gallery provides ongoing opportunities for the Duke and Durham communities to engage with documentary and experimental art practices through exhibition and study of work that considers the essential role and transformative capacity of the arts in society.

    The Power Plant Gallery at American Tobacco Campus is pleased to present In Practice: Work by Duke Arts Faculty, opening October 4. The exhibit includes works in a wide range of media—photography, film and video, printmaking, new media—by seventeen Duke faculty members and instructors from three arts units at the university: the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies (AAHVS), the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS), and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI). The exhibition provides a lens through which to visualize the remarkably interdisciplinary nature of the arts at Duke, as well as the dynamic and diverse energy of the Triangle arts scene.

    October 4–December 13, 2013
    Power Plant Gallery, Power Plant Building
    American Tobacco Campus
    318 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina

  15. Close to Home: A decade of Acquisitions at the North Carolina Museum of Art

    August 18, 2013–February 9, 2014–

    As the preeminent art institution of North Carolina, the NCMA is firmly committed to presenting and promoting the work of artists from our state. Our frequent temporary exhibitions in the North Carolina Gallery are a testament to our ongoing goal of providing visitors with a broad view of the variety of work created by North Carolina artists and residents. As part of this commitment, the NCMA has amassed a collection of nearly 650 works by North Carolina artists in many mediums. Close to Home: A Decade of Acquisitions includes paintings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed-media works acquired by the Museum in the last 10 years.

  16. Bull City Summer

    2013 is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the hit movie, Bull Durham. Bull City Summer will cover all seventy-two home games during the 2013 season at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the results – in literary writing and art photography – will update the brand created by that movie for this historic minor league baseball franchise.

  17. Alabama Public Radio

    Don Noble Reviews “Why We Are Here.”

  18. NPR’s The Story with Dick Gordon

    [Dick Gordon interviews Alex Harris and E.O. Wilson](http://thestory.org/archive/20121211_The_Story_The_End_of_The_World.mp3) about Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City. Interview occurs at the 31 minute mark of this broadcast

  19. LIGHT SENSITIVE exhibition at The Nasher Museum February 14th - June 9th 2013

    This exhibition, comprised of over 100 works from across the history of the photographic medium and drawn from North Carolina collections, reveals how photographers use techniques to persuade us of their vision. Real understanding of photographic media suffers from the long-standing myth that the camera is an “innocent eye” that transparently records an image of the world as if through an open window. Some of the power of photography comes precisely from faith in this myth, which has been extremely useful in journalism, courtrooms, television, and on the internet.

  20. MFA Work-In Progress Presentations December 5 and 6

    Duke’s first MFA program—in Experimental and Documentary Arts—invites the public to showings of the documentary works-in-progress of the fifteen students from the class of 2014. The students are all enrolled in the first year Documentary Fieldwork seminar taught by Alex Harris. Five students will present their work on Wednesday, December 5, and ten students will present on Thursday, December 6; Guests are welcome at any time during the events.

  21. Book Published

    Alex Harris and E. O. Wilson’s new book, Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of A Southern City has been published by W.W. Norton/Liveright.

Press

  1. Alex Harris: Near and Far - Craven Allen Gallery

    Reviewed by Brian Howe for INDY week

  2. The State of Things – Remembering Legendary writer Reynolds Price in Dream of a House –  WUNC Radio

    September 27th 2017. Margaret Sartor and Alex Harris in conversation with Frank Stasio about their new book “Dream of a House: The Passions and Preoccupations of Reynolds Price,” and about their exhibition opening at Duke’s Rubenstein Library on September 28th at 5pm.

  3. Dream of a House: The Passions and Preoccupations of Reynolds Price

    Reviewed in the Wllmington Star News by Ben Steelman

  4. Alex Harris on Poets and Writers Radio

    Interviewed by Henry McCarthy about Dream of a House on September 13th, 2017

  5. Dream of a House tours the eclectic home of writer Reynolds Price

    The Los Angeles Times, September 13, 2017

  6. Seeing Reynolds Price Through His Art Collection

    In The Paris Review, by Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor, August 30, 2017

  7. Dream of a House

    In the Oxford American, By Margaret Sartor, Alex Harris, and Reynolds Price, August 17, 2017

  8. In Reynolds’ House

    Duke Magazine, August, 2013, by Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor

  9. Alex Harris and Rachel Boillot on THE STATE OF THINGS, WUNC Radio, April 28, 2016

  10. Always Go On Your Tip Toes: Documenting the Lives of Others

    A conversation between Marco Werman and Alex Harris, by Lou Brown

     

  11. Life Force Magazine January 2016

  12. Bureau of Arts and Culture Magazine Fall 2015

    Download the fall 2015 Issue

  13. Hidden Stories of Abandoned Spaces

    How do we Make Sense of Place by Lou Brown, Senior Research Scholar, Duke University

  14. Bureau of Arts and Culture Magazine Summer 2015

    Download the summer 2015 issue

  15. Valley News

    Views of Cuba in a New Light, by Nicola Smith, May 14, 2015

  16. New Yorker.com photo booth

    Sam Stephenson’s Bull City Summer by Jackson Krule, August 31, 2014

  17. Mother Jones Magazine

    Mother Jones Magazine, August 31, 2014 “Bull City Summer”

  18. 2015 Robert B. Cox Teaching Award

    Duke Today Article

  19. Slate

    CAPTURING THE QUIET BEAUTY OF BASEBALL by Jordan Teicher, February 28, 2014

  20. Tuscaloosa News

    Book about Mobile Explores ‘Why We Are Here’ by Don Noble, April 1, 2013

  21. Indy Weekly

    The Nasher Tells a Story of Photography in “Light Sensitive” by Chris Vittielo, February 27, 2013

  22. NPR Picture Show

    ‘Why We Are Here’: Capturing the Spirit of Mobile, Alabama, January 4, 2013

  23. The New York Times, November 20, 2012

    Heavyweights for the Holidays: A Roundup of Holiday Coffee Table Books, by Dwight Garner

  24. Mobile Bay Monthly, October 2012

    Southern Spirit by John S. Sledge

  25. Publisher’s Weekly

    “Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City” reviewed in Publisher’s weekly, October 14, 2012.

  26. Atlantic Magazine

    “Cover to Cover,” September 2012

  27. Art Daily

    Cuba Exhibition at The Getty

  28. Orange County Register:

    “Getty offers Photographic Views of Cuba,” by Richard Chang, The Orange County Register, August 12, 2011

  29. Los Angeles Times:

    _Cuba under the lens at the Getty Museum_, May 27, 2011, by Reed Johnson in the Los Angeles Times.

  30. Daily Bruin

    A Revolutionary Project on Cuba exhibited at The Getty, May 19, 2011, by Lenika Cruz in The Daily Bruin, Los Angeles, Ca.

  31. Cuban Art News:

    “A Revolutionary Project brings Cuba to The Getty,” May 10, 2011, an interview with Getty curator Judith Keller

  32. Cubaencuentro:

    Cuba from the eye of the Camera,  December 17, 2010

  33. Midilibre:

    Les Visions Chaotiques des Suds profonds de L’Amerique,  Midi Libre.com, December 13, 2010. A review of Les Suds Profonds de L’Amerique exhibition at the Musee Faure in Montpelier, France.

  34. Cuba Absolutely

    Review of The Idea of Cuba

  35. ReVista:

    Whose Idea of Cuba?  Fall 2009 Issue of ReVista from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, by Kael Alford

  36. Across Cultures:

    Sunday October 5, 2008, Photographing Cuba: A review of The Idea of Cuba

  37. Foreword magazine:

    May-June 2008, [Review of The Idea of Cuba](http://forewordmagazine.com/articles/shw_article.aspx?articleid=283)

  38. Progreso Weekly:

    Progreso Weekly, June 12-18, 2008, Review of The Idea of Cuba

  39. Su Casa:

    Spring 2008, Review of River of Traps

  40. Photoworkshop.com:

    December 2007, Waiting for Light: Photography Books and the Excellence Legacy, by Craig Varjabadian

  41. Havana Journal:

    November 17, 2007,  Review of The Idea of Cuba

  42. The Chronicle of Higher Education:

    The Chronicle Review, November 2, 2007, End Paper page B23 about The Idea of Cuba

  43. Duke News Service:

    June 29, 2005, Experience Corps and the New Wave of Civic Engagement at the Russell Senate Office Building in DC

  44. El Pais:

    Madrid Spain, November 18, 2000, Islas en El Tiempo

  45. El Cultural:

    Spain, October 25, 2000, Review of Islas en El Tiempo

  46. Fotografia

    Fotografia, Spain, September 30, 2000, Review of Islas en el Tiempo

  47. Cultura:

    Spain, September 30, 2000, Review of Islas en El Tiempo

  48. Fotografia:

    Spain, September 30, 2000, Review of Islas en El Tiempo

  49. El Mundo:

    September 29, 2000. Review of Islas en El Tiempo

  50. Art News:

    March 1999, review of Scheinbaum and Russek gallery exhibition by Michael Koster

  51. Washington Post:

    Book World, May 25, 1998, review by Stan Hinden of Old and On Their Own

  52. St. Petersburg Florida Times:

    May 17, 1998, review by John Cutter of Old and On Their Own

  53. Newseek, May 11, 1998:

    “Doing a DoubleTake.” DoubleTake Magazine

  54. The New York Times:

    March 14, 1998, “Seeking the Bond between Social Concern and Everyday Life” Page

  55. Afterimage:

    July-August, 1997, review by Jordan Smith of A New Life

  56. Photographers Forum:

    May 1997 review of A New Life

  57. The Washington Post:

    March 25, 1997, “DoubleTake’s Common Interest,” by Peter Carlson. DoubleTake Magazine.

  58. Metropolis:

    Metropolis, March 1997 review by David E. Brown of A New Life

  59. Book World:

    February 2, 1997, review of A New Life

  60. The Plain Dealer:

    November 10, 1996, A review of Transition/Dislocation, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art , Fall 1996, by Robert Pincus

  61. Wired:

    April 1996, “DoubleVision,” by Marc Spiegler. DoubleTake Magazine

  62. Los Angeles Times:

    February 4, 1996, “Recording the World with Lens and Pen,” by Lynell George. DoubleTake Magazine

  63. Art in New England Magazine:

    February/March 1996 exhibition review by Miles Unger of Addison Gallery of American Art exhibit of Red White Blue and God Bless You

  64. The Boston Globe:

    November 11, 1995. review by Kate McQuaid of Red White Blue and God Bless You

  65. The Boston Phoenix:

    October 18, 1995, “State of the Art: DoubleTake,” by Mary Chen. DoubleTake Magazine

  66. Dallas Morning News:

    March 11, 1995, “A Forum for the Human Condition: Doubletake Contributors are from all walks of life.” DoubleTake Magazine

  67. The NC. Independent:

    Review by Georgann Eubanks, January 1993 of Red White Blue and God Bless You

  68. THE Magazine:

    Santa Fe, NM. December 1992, review of Red White Blue and God Bless You

  69. The San Antonio Times:

    November 12, 1992, review by Mary Fisher of Red White Blue and God Bless You

  70. The New York Times Book Review:

    September 23, 1990, Review by Barbara Kingsolver of River of Traps

  71. The New York Review of Books:

    May 28 1992, review by Robert Adams of River of Traps

  72. The Nation:

    March 11, 1991,  Review by Melissa Pritchard of River of Traps

  73. The Los Angeles Times Book Review:

    January 4, 1990, review of Beyond the Barricades

  74. The British Journal of Photography:

    November 1989, review of Beyond the Barricades

  75. The New Statesman;

    November 3, 1989, review of Beyond the Barricades

  76. The Washington Monthly:

    September 1988, Review by Anna Quindlen of A World Unsuspected

  77. The Boston Globe:

    November, 1987, Review by Mark Muro of A World Unsuspected

  78. The Atlanta Journal:

    Constitution Book Review Section, September 1987, review by Don O’Briant of A World Unsuspected

  79. The Chicago Tribune:

    August 23, 1987, Book world column by John Blades about A World Unsuspected

  80. The New York Times Book Review

    October 11, 1987, Review by Walker Percy of A World Unsuspected

  81. The Washington Post Magazine:

    June 8, 1986, Article by William Hamilton about South Africa: The Cordoned Heart

  82. The New Yorker:

    Books in Brief, February 1974, review of The Old Ones of New Mexico

Upcoming Events

  1. UNC Book Watch

    Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor in conversation with Randal Kenan about their book, Dream of a House, October 20th 2017

  2. Dream of a House gallery talk with Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor

    To the LGBTQ Alumni Network, Duke University, October 27th, 5-7pm, Holsti conference room and Gallery of Documentary Arts, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

  3. Dream of a House talk and booksigning with Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor

    at Books and Books, Coral Gables Florida, February 6th, 2018, 6PM.