Photography



Beyond the Frame: A Photography Intensive

A view of Dawnbreaker Farms in Orange County, NC, by 2017 Beyond the Frame student Ellie Marshall.


Students will sharpen their ability to use photography for creative storytelling by documenting the small farms that sell at the Carrboro Farmer’s Market. Orange County has a rich, diverse agricultural community, and each farm is a unique contributor to the area’s food mix. Each student will be matched with a producer, and together the group will tell the story of this region’s farmers in images.

The class will explore issues of technical proficiency, visual acuity, and composition, as students learn how empathy and personal connection can imbue images with feeling and meaning. This six-day course will include: interpreting subjects' stories; using personal style to tell those stories; shooting in the field; group critiques; editing and post-production; sequencing; and possibly guest speakers and studio/gallery/museum visits. Selected photographs will be published in a print-on-demand book that will be sent to students and subjects after the intensive. (38 hours/All Levels)

Bryce Lankard is a North Carolina native and graduate of UNC–Chapel Hill. His work has been published in numerous magazines, including the Village Voice and the New York Times Magazine. In 1995 he co-founded Tribe Magazine in New Orleans, serving as creative director. After Hurricane Katrina he cofounded the nonprofit New Orleans Photo Alliance. Since returning to North Carolina, he has helped develop and coordinate what is now the Click! Triangle Photography Festival. His most recent project, “Drawn to Water,” debuted as a solo exhibition at Flanders Gallery in Raleigh in October 2016.

Additional information:
Students should bring their own cameras, preferably with full manual control (cameras will be provided for those who don't have them). Sunday evening includes a barbecue dinner, and lunch will be provided throughout the week.

Hours for the intensive are:
Sunday, June 9: 3 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Thursday, June 10–13: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, June 14: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

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Lankard 6/9 - 6/14 Mo Tu We Th Fr Su 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM $625.00 View

Documentary Night Photography


Unlock your power to see in the dark in this hands-on field course. Topics of discussion include the history of the genre, composition, theory, long exposures, gear, and safety. Each class includes two hours of work on the street.

This course is suitable for all levels of experience and all types of gear—cell phones, DSLRs, compact mirrorless, and film cameras. A tripod is recommended. (18 hours/All Levels)

Emmy and Cannes Lions award-winning producer Hal Goodtree has worked for the NFL, the New York Times, and with screen luminaries such as James Earl Jones, Cindy Crawford, and legendary documentarian Albert Maysles. His latest project, a documentary about American Tobacco, earned a #1 rating in prime time when it was broadcast on WRAL in December 2014. His work has been awarded an Emmy, a Cannes Lion, and most recently, Best Short Documentary at the 2015 Longleaf Film Festival.

Additional Information:
Class will meet at the Center for Documentary Studies at 6 p.m. for lecture and discussion, and will travel to a location in Durham at 7 p.m. The last class is a retrospective.

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Goodtree 4/2 - 4/30 Tu 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM $308.00 View

Introduction to Editing Digital Photographs


In this course, students will learn how to edit digital photographs using Adobe Photoshop. We’ll cover the basics of image processing, including tonal adjustment, color correction, noise reduction, sharpening, dust and scratch removal, and changing resolution. Students are encouraged to bring their own photos to class as we learn how to prepare images for printing, video, and websites. You will learn how to copyright your work and how to organize and manage your photo collection. As time and interest permit, we will cover how to convert color to black-and-white images (the right way), how to create panoramas from multiple shots, how to remove or add elements to a photo, and how to create scripts in Photoshop to speed up repetitive work. (17 hours/Beginning)

Durward Rogers
is a filmmaker with an interest in scientific and technical documentaries. He started practicing film photography at the age of nine and has used Photoshop and digital cameras since they were first released. Before earning his Certificate in the Documentary Arts, Rogers spent twenty-five years as a computer graphics engineer, working on such projects as the world’s fastest graphics supercomputer and the original Xbox. He is currently working on a film about climate change.

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Rogers 4/20 - 4/21 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $308.00 View

Long-Term Visual Storytelling (Online)

Inside the home of elder Deweese Wolfe, 73, a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. Cherokee, North Carolina. October 2016.


In this online course we’ll discuss what it takes to develop a long-term photography project that digs into a personal, political, cultural or social issue. Topics like choosing a story, research, access, building relationships, record keeping, process/production and publication will be covered. We’ll look at successful long-term projects by photographers such as Nancy Borowick, Mary F. Calvert, Darcy Padilla, Doug DuBois, and others. We’ll share work with each other and provide ideas and feedback for projects already underway and for projects begun during the course. The course will meet for four group sessions and each student will have a 1:1 ~ 25 minute meeting with the instructor. Photographers of all levels who are beginning a specific long-term project and those who have already started one are welcome. Students with projects that are geographically accessible during the course will likely benefit most from this course since we spend time providing feedback on your work. (9 hours/All Levels)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

Sarah Stacke's personal work develops daily life stories about people living in under-resourced and narrowly represented communities created by intersections of history, culture, and geography. Interested in the effects of colonial-driven forced geographies, she often spends time with a community over the course of months or years. In 2012, Stacke received a master’s degree from Duke University tailored to analyze photographic representations of sub-Saharan Africa. She teaches at CDS and the International Center of Photography, and writes about photography for publications including National Geographic and Photo District News. Her work has taken her around the world, with an emphasis on South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and, within the U.S., North Carolina, New York, and Minnesota. She has worked with the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, STAT by Boston Globe Media, Al Jazeera, the Wall Street Journal, UN Women, Open Society Foundations, and International Rescue Committee. For more information, please visit sarahstacke.com.

Additional information:
A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.

Class will meet every other week, beginning February 19 and ending April 2. One-on-one meetings will be held on March 12.

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Stacke 2/19 - 4/2 Tu 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $270.00 View

Photography from Concept to Print to Gallery


Photograph by Barbara Tyroler

This is a personal projects class, designed for serious students who are interested in advancing their technical photographic skills and evaluating and defining the focus and concept of a unique and personal approach to the many aspects of the medium of still photography. From landscape to portraiture, fine art to social justice photojournalism, commercial and studio practices, in refining the concept, workshop participants will strengthen their portfolios to pursue the appropriate venue and audience for sharing, distributing, and exhibiting their work. Instruction includes advanced Photoshop, Adobe Bridge and Raw Converter to organize and adjust digital images, (sorting, rating and metadata; tonal and color correction and retouching), critique and evaluation, preparation for an exhibition statement, publicity and marketing, framing and image presentation, community research for a working project that will result in an exhibition or alternative space with an educational forum for sharing work with a targeted public. Students from Concept to Gallery Classes with CDS may be invited to participate in the October 2020 CLICK photo festival. (12 hours/All Levels)

Prerequisites:

 For those who wish to use the Center’s digital lab, they must have completed Harlan Campbell’s Printing class or the equivalent. Working knowledge of their cameras. Basic photo editing skills.


Barbara Tyroler is a fine-art image maker who uses photography in collaborative multimedia art projects that address social and cultural issues. With an MFA in digital art and an MEd in special education, Tyroler served on the University of Maryland art faculty, teaching Lens-Based Critical Theory and Studio Lab in Digital and Traditional Photography. The recipient of over thirty-five arts and community development grants, she founded the university’s Photographic Arts Outreach Program, which provided students with grant-funded field placement opportunities throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area. Now living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she teaches independent photography seminars and weeklong photo retreats on visualization and creativity. She is a founding member of FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, where she coordinates and designs programs for the community outreach gallery. She is the cofounder of CLICK! Triangle Photography Festival, originally known as FRANK:inFocus. As a freelance public arts and documentary photographer, she provides imagery for nonprofits that serve children and families. Her recent project, Rockin’ the Spectrum, an award-winning public arts commission about autism, was photographed with the Adapted Aquatics program in Chapel Hill and is permanently installed in their building.

Durward Rogers is a filmmaker with an interest in scientific and technical documentaries. He started practicing film photography at the age of nine and has used Photoshop and digital cameras since they were first released. Before earning his Certificate in the Documentary Arts, Rogers spent twenty-five years as a computer graphics engineer, working on such projects as the world’s fastest graphics supercomputer and the original Xbox. He is currently working on a film about climate change.

Additional information:
Class will not be held on Saturday, September 1 (Labor Day weekend). After the first class, an alternate date will be scheduled to accommodate as many students as possible.



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Room 104
Tyroler 3/2 - 4/6 Sa 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM $308.00 View

Photography Projects

©Bryce Lankard


The Audio, Photography, and Video Projects courses provide documentary artists the opportunity to work with award-winning professionals in small group settings. Each term, CDS invites three established artists to teach the Projects courses, which are designed for individuals who are working on projects and seeking creative guidance. The courses are designed around the specific needs of participants, who share excerpts from their works-in-progress.

Students may take the course for credit more than once. Certificate students are required to take a Projects course in their chosen concentration before enrolling in the Final Project Seminar; in this case, the objective is to emerge with a nearly finished version of their project, ready for a final polish. (12 hours/All Levels)

Bryce Lankard is a North Carolina native and graduate of UNC–Chapel Hill. His work has been published in numerous magazines, including the Village Voice and the New York Times Magazine. In 1995 he co-founded Tribe Magazine in New Orleans, serving as creative director. After Hurricane Katrina he cofounded the nonprofit New Orleans Photo Alliance. Since returning to North Carolina, he has helped develop and coordinate what is now the Click! Triangle Photography Festival. His most recent project, “Drawn to Water,” debuted as a solo exhibition at Flanders Gallery in Raleigh in October 2016.



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Lankard 4/18 - 5/23 We Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $335.00 View

The Art of Documentary Photography


Working in a highly subjective medium, documentary photographers often use nonfiction material to express personal artistic visions. Sometimes it is even necessary to employ fiction to tell the “truth.” This course examines the proposition that every photograph is a self-portrait and explores how this idea can create friction as well as opportunity for the artist/truth-seeker. Through assignments and classroom critiques, students will learn to identify elements of documentary photography that have the power to transcend the simple recording of images, as well as develop their own philosophy and artistic mandate. Weekly projects will be assigned in conjunction with presentations of iconic photographers who have developed original approaches to documentary work. Students can meet with the instructor individually to discuss their course portfolios. (15 hours/All Levels)

Douglas Vuncannon is a visual artist, composer, freelance photographer, and writer. His short documentary films have screened at numerous film festivals in the United States and Canada. Vuncannon's recent projects include Fukushima Travelogue (2015), which consists of writings and photographs from the radioactive ghost towns of Japan, and Sabungeros (Cockfighters) (2017), a series of photographs from the Philippines that was exhibited at Through This Lens in downtown Durham in February and March of 2017. On October 6th, 2017, his Sinfonietta Fukushima, a one-movement satirical tone poem, had its world premiere in Sydney, Australia, performed by the sixty-piece Sydney Contemporary Orchestra.

Additional information:
There will be no class on April 15.

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Vuncannon 3/11 - 4/22 Mo 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM $308.00 View

The Art of Documentary Photography (Online)


Working in a highly subjective medium, documentary photographers often use nonfiction material to express personal artistic visions. Sometimes it is even necessary to employ fiction to tell the “truth.” This course examines the proposition that every photograph is a self-portrait and explores how this idea can create friction as well as opportunity for the artist/truth-seeker. Through assignments and classroom critiques, students will learn to identify elements of documentary photography that have the power to transcend the simple recording of images, as well as develop their own philosophy and artistic mandate. Weekly projects will be assigned in conjunction with presentations of iconic photographers who have developed original approaches to documentary work. (12 hours/All Levels)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

Douglas Vuncannon is a visual artist, composer, freelance photographer, and writer. His short documentary films have screened at numerous film festivals in the United States and Canada. Vuncannon's recent projects include Fukushima Travelogue (2015), which consists of writings and photographs from the radioactive ghost towns of Japan, and Sabungeros (Cockfighters) (2017), a series of photographs from the Philippines that was exhibited at Through This Lens in downtown Durham in February and March of 2017. On October 6th, 2017, his Sinfonietta Fukushima, a one-movement satirical tone poem, had its world premiere in Sydney, Australia, performed by the sixty-piece Sydney Contemporary Orchestra.

Additional information:
A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully.

There will be no class on May 5.

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Virtual Classroom
Vuncannon 4/10 - 5/22 We 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $308.00 View

The Digital Print: Photographic Currency


In this course, students will learn how to edit image files using Photoshop to ensure that their prints look as good on paper as they do on the screen. We will make prints of various sizes and experiment with different papers. The final products will be archival-quality, suitable for hanging in a gallery. (18 hours/All Levels)

Harlan Campbell is the photography and digital arts associate at the Center for Documentary Studies. He has a degree in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. While Campbell’s personal work focuses mainly on portraiture, his freelance projects have also included book and album covers. He also specializes in custom printing for artists and galleries.

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Room 211
Campbell 1/31 - 3/7 Th 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM $313.00 View

The Enduring Image: Defining Your Personal Style and Vision (Online)


Many artists are defined by a signature style. This style can be expressed through subject choice, artistic technique, or other conceptual and presentational methods that make a particular photographer’s work easily identifiable and unique. It is these qualities that separate an enduring image from tomorrow’s fish wrap. By reviewing the work of established masters and emerging talents, we will delve deeply into what makes a photographer’s work distinct and successful. Students will edit their own work and critique each other’s documentary projects; the end result will be a twelve- to twenty-image portfolio that embodies each student’s singular vision. (12 hours/Intermediate-Advanced)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not physically meet at CDS but will have regularly scheduled virtual sessions.


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, North Carolina. Lankard developed the FRANK: In Focus Photography Festival that took place throughout the Triangle in fall 2012 and is coordinating the 2015 Click! Triangle Photography Festival.

Additional information:
A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.

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Virtual Classroom
Lankard 2/6 - 3/13 We Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $308.00 View