The Certificate in Documentary Studies program attracts Duke undergraduates to the Center for Documentary Studies from across the arts and sciences. Under the guidance of Alex Harris, nine seniors in the 2015 spring semester Documentary Capstone Seminar completed a final project as the culmination of their documentary studies classes.
About The Video:
“CDS is a place I come back to each semester not only to learn more about the community and landscape around me, but also more about myself. Learning about the many facets of documentary has allowed me to think about the bigger world I inhabit and how we each fit into it. My interest in documentary studies developed through photography courses taught by MJ Sharp and Susie Post-Rust; my most recent work, however, is an expansion of a family photographs project I started in Katie Hyde’s Sociology through Photography class. “The Archived Memories” is an audio-stills project about my relationship with my 93-year-old great-uncle, John Takemoto. Using original family photographs dating back to 1921, I tell his story and what it meant for him to discover and uproot a particularly difficult past.”