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MFA|EDA alumnus Will Warasila ('20) provided the image for the cover of the September 26, 2022 edition of Time Magazine. read more about Will Warasila ('20) Photo on Cover of Time Magazine »

The Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship is made possible through a three-way partnership between Cassilhaus, an arts incubator featuring an artist residency and exhibition program, Duke's Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA|EDA), and the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University. It was created with the idea that travel can be transformative in the life of an emerging artist. The biennial $10,000 fellowship, funded by Cassilhaus founders Ellen Cassilly and Frank Konhaus, supports Duke… read more about Felicity Palma named 2022 Cassilhaus Travel Fellow »

Please join us in welcoming the incoming Class of 2024 cohort of Duke University MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts. _______________________________________ SHIRAZ AHMED Shiraz Ahmed is a visual artist and journalist most recently based in Hamtramck, Mich. Born in Texas, he earned his B.S. in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to Detroit in 2013 to work as an auto journalist. There, he discovered the city's dynamic culture and joined a community… read more about Introducing the MFA|EDA Class of 2024 »

Alex Harris’ new book of documentary photographs, Our Strange New Land, opens with a dream-like image of a young Black girl seen through a doorway. Harris found the girl talking to herself and dancing to music. The action wasn’t “real,” as it was taken on a movie set and the young girl was rehearsing a scene she would later film. However, Harris later found out, the moment was created a reality borne from the young actors’ personality and the writer-director’s memories of her own childhood. “The scene was and… read more about 'Our Strange New Land:' A Photographer Gazes at New Southern Narratives by Independent Filmmakers »

Please join us in welcoming the incoming Class of 2023 cohort of Duke University MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts. read more about Introducing the MFA|EDA Class of 2023 »

Jonna McKone (’15) is a producer on "All Light, Everywhere" which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. The film was awarded a Sundance Special Jury Award in Non-Fiction Experimentation. Jonna has also recently received a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation as well as a fellowship at VisArts, and will have works on view at the Power Plant Gallery in September 2021. read more about "All Light, Everywhere" Wins Sundance Special Jury Award »

A Time of Youth: San Francisco 1966-1967, a new book of William Gedney photographs, was published in February of this year. Lisa McCarty (’13) edited the volume, and contributed the introduction, chronology, and afterword; Philip Gefter contributed the essay, Bill Gedney: A Time of Youth. We are proud and pleased to share here a conversation between Duke MFA|EDA alumnae, as photographer and Rubenstein Library Archive of Documentary Arts curatorial assistant Cassandra Klos (’20) interviews Lisa McCarty… read more about A Time of Youth: Lisa McCarty (’13) and Cassandra Klos (’20) »

“The ruins remain overgrown with castor plants, which can be, alternately, an excellent source of sustenance if cooked properly or a natural source of cyanide.” Read the full piece, I Name Charlotte, at https://www.southerncultures.org/article/i-name-charlotte/ read more about Tamika Galanis ('16) in Southern Cultures' Documentary Moment »

Deaf and blind nature and preservation photographer Matthew Cicanese is a National Geographic Explorer, associate fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers and works with Canon USA. His first solo exhibit was at the Tampa International Airport. With his photo intern he’s founded a small agency that offers media production, brand strategy and consulting services for other photographers. https://www.forbes.com/30-under-30/2021/art-style/ read more about Matt Cicanese ('15) named to Forbes "30 Under 30" in the Arts »