The Short Subject (Photography): Durham Mardi Gras


Many events we may wish to document—festivals, parades, concerts, election days—are by nature short-lived. In the lingo of journalism, these are opportunities for “spot news,” and are often represented by a single image. In this workshop, we’ll approach a time-limited subject—the fifth annual Durham Mardi Gras parade—as a communal project in order to gain a deeper sense of story. Each student will find his or her own angle, and in combination, we’ll collect a well-rounded, multifaceted portrait. (10 hours/All Levels)

This semester's class will document the Durham Mardi Gras parade, which takes place Tuesday, February 17. Class will meet at CDS on Tuesday, February 10, from 6:30–9 pm, and on Saturdays, February 14 & 21, from 1:30–4 pm. Students who would like to photograph a particular krewe as they prepare in the weeks before the parade may contact the instructor well in advance of the class; email [email protected] for contact information.

Bryce Lankard is a North Carolina native and graduate of UNC–Chapel HiIl. In 1995 he co-founded Tribe Magazine in New Orleans, serving as creative director. He moved to New York City for nine years and then returned to New Orleans in 2006, after Hurricane Katrina, where he co-founded the nonprofit New Orleans Photo Alliance. Since returning to North Carolina in 2009, he has lectured widely and taught classes at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, N.C. Recently he developed the FRANK: In Focus Photography Festival that took place throughout the Triangle in fall 2012.


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