Alex Harris

Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Office: 

1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705

Alex Harris has photographed extensively in the American South, New Mexico, Alaska, and Cuba. His work is represented in major collections including The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, The North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, and a Lyndhurst Prize. His photographs have been exhibited in numerous museums including two solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York. As a photographer and editor, Harris has published fifteen books including River of Traps (with William deBuys) a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction. His book, [The Idea of Cuba,](http://cdsbooks.org/The-Idea-of-Cuba) was co-published in September of 2007 by the University of New Mexico Press and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. His most recent book, [Why We Are Here](http://books.wwnorton.com/books/978-0-87140-470-1/), a collaboration with E.O.Wilson, was published in 2012 by Liveright/Norton. Harris was born in Atlanta, Ga., and grew up in the South. After graduation from Yale in 1971, he photographed North Carolina as part of a Duke University research project. Between 1972 and 1978 he lived and photographed in Hispanic villages in northern New Mexico and Eskimo villages in Alaska. During these years, Harris also began to commute to North Carolina to teach documentary photography at Duke. In 1980 he founded the Center for Documentary Photography at Duke, which he directed for eight years. In 1989, he was a founder of [The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke](http://cds.aas.duke.edu/). Between 1995 and 1998 Harris launched DoubleTake Magazine with Robert Coles and coedited the publication through its first twelve issues. He is currently Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and Documentary Studies at Duke. Within the Center for Documentary Studies, he is the Creative Director of the [Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program](http://cds.aas.duke.edu/hine).

Education:

  • A.B. 1971, Yale University

  • Psychology 1971, Yale University

  • Phillips Andover Academy 1968

Books

  • Why We Are Here: Mobile and The Spirit of A Southern City,
    Harris, A; Wilson, EO

  • Why We Are Here: Mobile and The Spirit of A Southern City, October, 2012
    A. Harris and E.O. Wilson

  • Les musés sont des mondes, November, 2011
    A. Harris

  • Les musés sont des mondes,
    Harris, A

  • The Idea of Cuba, Fall, 2007
    A. Harris

  • The Idea of Cuba,
    Harris, A

  • River of Traps: A Mountain Life, Winter, 2007
    Harris, A; deBuys, W

  • Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection, Fall, 2006
    Harris, A

  • Together We Do Good Work: SEWA’s Child Care Program in Gujarat India, by Sara Gomez, Winter, 2005
    Harris, A

  • Arrivals and Departures: The Airport Photographs of Garry Winogrand, Spring, 2004
    Harris, A

  • Islas En El Tiempo, September, 2000
    Harris, TBA; Baranano, KD; William deBuys, JBR; Nichols, J; Montalban, MV

  • Old and On Their Own, 1998
    Coles, TBR

  • A New Life: Stories and Photographs from the Suburban South, 1996
    Harris, A

  • Red White Blue and God Bless You: A Portrait of Northern New Mexico, 1992
    Harris, A

  • River of Traps: A Village Life, text by William deBuys, September, 1990
    Harris, A

  • Beyond the Barricades: Popular Resistance in South Africa, 1990
    Harris, A

  • In the Street, 1987
    Harris, A

  • A World Unsuspected: Portraits of Southern Childhood, 1987
    Harris, A

  • South Africa: The Cordoned Heart, 1986
    A. Harris

  • South Africa: The Cordoned Heart,
    Harris, A

  • Gertrude Blom: Bearing Witness, 1984
    Blom, G

  • Understandings, Photographs of Decatur County, Georgia, by Paul Kwilecki, 1982
    Harris, A

  • The Last and First Eskimos, October, 1978
    Coles, R; Harris, A

  • The Old Ones of New Mexico, 1973
    Harris, A

Awards:

2012 Heavyweights for the Holidays, Dwight Garner, The New York Times

2008 Best Photography Books of 2008, Photo District News

2006 "Crabcakes" James Alan McPherson, Best American Essays

2006 1st Prize: "Our World" category, Emmet Gowin, Esie Awards

2006 Finalists: "Our World" Adam Bartos, "Cover of the Year" Adam Bartos, "Portrait Essay" Paul D'Amato, Eisie Awards

2006 Top Ten Websites, PhotoArts

1999 1999, Eisenstadt Award for best photographic essay, Peter Brown's "On the Plains," DoubleTake #11, Life Magazine

1998 "Out of the Woods" Josip Novakovich,"The Coat" Flannery O'Connor,"Umbilicus" James Alan McPherson, Pushcart Prizes

1998 National Magazine Award for "General Excellence" for Double Take Magazine, American Society of Magazine Editors

1998 Professional Development Award, Duke University Institute of the Arts

1997 "Crabcakes"James Alan McPherson,Disorder and Early Sorrow"George Packer,"Love in the Morning"Andre Dubus,"The Take of a Kite"Steven Stern, Pushcart Prizes

1997 1997 Best Monograph: El Salvador, Maine Photographic Workshops Book Awards

1997 1997 Regional Design Annual, Print Magazine

1997 Best of the Alternative Press Awards, Utne Reader

1997 Editorial Excellence Awards, Magic Award

1997 National Magazine Award

1996 1996 Communication Graphs Show; published in AIGA's 1996 annual, Graphic Design USA: 17, American Institute of Graphic Arts

1996 1996 Design Annual, Communication Arts

1996 1996 Design Citations: Fall 1996 Entire Issue, Home Page, Photography/Story/Reportage "In Progress" Ethel Wolvovitz, Society of Publication Design

1996 1996 Regional Design Annual, Print Magazine

1996 Best Anthology: A New Life: Stories and Photographs from the Suburban South, Maine Photographic Workshops Book Awards

1996 Best Books of 1996: A New Life Stories and Photographs from the Suburban South, Los Angeles Times Book Review

1996 Best Books of 1996: Vietnam: A Book of Changes, New York Times Book Review 1996

1996 Best of the Alternative Press Awards, Utne Reader

1996 Editorial Excellence Award, Folio Magazine

1996 Golden Light Award for A New Life, The Maine Photographic Workshops

1996 Magazine Awareness of Global Issues and Concerns, Magic Award

1996 Notable book of the year for A New Life, Los Angeles Times

1995 100 Show, 1995, 1997, American Center for Design

1995 1st Place Award, 1995: "Exporting Southern Forests," Eric Bates, Southern Environmental Law Center

1995 Best Table of Contents, Best Use of Photography in a Consumer Magazine, Ozzie Awards

1995 Covers: Summer 1995 and Fall 1995, Society of Publication Design

1995 One of nine "Best Magazines of 1995", Library Journal

1995 Photography/Story/Reportage: "Barrio," Paul D'Armato and Helen Levitt," Helen Levitt, Society of Publication Design

1994 Border Regional Library Association Award for Literary Achievement for Red White Blue and God Bless You

1993 Southwest Book Award for Red White Blue and God Bless You

1991 Evans Biography Award for the best biography set in the American West for River of Traps

1991 Finalist for the Pultizer Prize in general non-fiction for River of Traps with William deBuys

1988 North Carolina Visual Artist Fellowship

1988 Professional Development Award, Duke University Institute of the Arts

1985 Elliot Porter Purchase Award, New Mexico Council on Photography

1984 Lyndhurst Prize

1979 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Photography

1977 Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship