Photography



Darkroom Photography: Alchemy in the Digital Age

Photo by Harlan Campbell


This eight-week course covers the foundations of the analog black-and-white photographic process. Students will use 35mm cameras in manual mode, learning principles of exposure such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. We will expose film, develop it by hand, and use the negatives to make traditional gelatin silver prints in the wet darkroom. (18 hours/Beginning)

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.

Additional information:
Students must provide their own camera, film, and photo paper.

Class will not be held on November 22.

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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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Room 001
Goodtree 9/24 - 10/29 Mo 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM $280.00 View

Documentary Street Photography

©Harvey Stein 2013

This workshop’s objective is to provide each student with knowledge of and experience in documenting people in a street environment. The emphasis will be on creating inventive portraits that are personally based and meaningful. The objective will be accomplished through lectures, demonstrations, a photographic field trip, slide presentations, and critiques. (19 hours/All Levels)

Harvey Stein is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author, and curator based in New York City. He currently teaches at the International Center of Photography. Stein is a frequent lecturer on photography both in the United States and abroad. He is the director of photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery, located in the East Village of Manhattan. He has also taught at the School of Visual Arts, Parsons, New School University, Drew University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of Bridgeport. His eighth and latest book, Mexico Between Life and Death, will be published this September.

Additional information:

Hours for workshop are:
Friday, September 28: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, September 29–30: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

On Friday and Sunday there will be an hour-long break for lunch. On Saturday, the class will photograph the NC Pride Parade, which takes place within walking distance of the Center (please bring a sack lunch).

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CDS Auditorium
Stein 9/28 - 9/30 Fr Sa Su Varied $280.00 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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Room 211
Rogers 10/30 - 12/11 Tu 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM $280.00 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, Brendan Hoffman, and others. We’ll also share work with each other, and provide ideas and feedback for students with projects already underway, as well as for those who choose to begin a project during the course. The course will meet every other week for four group sessions, and each student will have a one-on-one, approximately thirty-minute meeting with the instructor. Photographers of all levels who are beginning a 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, but it is not a requirement. (8 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 September 17 and ending October 29. One-on-one meetings will be held on October 8.

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Virtual Classroom
Stacke 9/17 - 10/29 Mo 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $245.00 View

Portraiture: At the Heart of Documentary Practice (Online)


Portraiture is central to documentary work, whether the subject is a person, animal, plant, object, or place. The class will look at the work of documentary portrait photographers from the US and abroad, investigating different modes of portraiture—including formal, candid, environmental, and extended portraits—and considering elements such as lighting, composition, mood, and story. Through weekly assignments, students will hone their technique, develop their own aesthetic, and build confidence in working collaboratively and sensitively with their subjects. (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.

Rhonda Klevansky is originally from Durban, South Africa. She is a photographer, writer, and documentary filmmaker with a strong interest in using video and photography as tools for advocacy. She contributes photographs to Getty Images and the Nature Picture Library, and her photography collaboration with refugees in London, Fragments from Another Life: Refugees, Exiles, and Their Stories, has been exhibited in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Chile. Her video documentaries include Welcome to My Paradise, about sand artists on the beaches of Durban, South Africa; One Band Indivisible, about a marching band at a historically black high school in Durham; and Dan Wagoner: Life, Dance and the Ephemeral, about dancer and choreographer Dan Wagoner. Before moving to the U.S., she worked for television broadcasters in the UK, South America, and South Africa. She completed her undergraduate studies in South Africa and has an MA from Duke. She has written numerous magazine articles and a nonfiction children’s book. See rhondaklevansky.com.

Additional Information:
The class will be conducted online. 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
Klevansky 10/17 - 11/21 We 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $275.00 View

Street Photography (Online)


“Fortune favors the prepared mind,” as the saying goes. This course prepares the mind, or more specifically, the mindset, of aspiring street photographers. To start, you will learn to see what is, rather than what should be. Then, through discussion and a series of exercises, you will learn practical and technical strategies, modes of engaging and negotiating with subjects, and the responsibilities of the street photographer. (12 hours/All Levels)

Yasser Booley began photographing his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1992. He has worked as a photographer for the Mail & Guardian weekly national South African newspaper, and as a freelance producer, director, and cinematographer of short films and documentaries. His first monograph, South Africa at Liberty (2016), features photographs from the first two decades of South African democracy. See his work at africalia.be.

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Virtual Classroom
Booley 9/5 - 10/10 We 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $275.00 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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