Lewis Hine Fellowship photographs collection, 2003-2008
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- Duke University. Center for Documentary Studies
- The Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program (LHDFP) is administered by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University to support documentary photographers who address humanitarian issues in the U.S. and abroad. The Lewis Hine Fellowship Photographs Collection represents a selection of images from the documentary projects of six LHDFP fellows: Alex Fattal, Maital Guttman, Kate Joyce, Elena Rue, Amanda van Scoyoc, and Lucy Wilson. The photographic images and videos in the collection depict home and community life of disadvantaged families and children in several sub-Saharan African nations (South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia), as well as Boston, Massachusetts. They show everyday life and activities, such as children playing and completing chores, mothers cooking meals, disabled children going to school, household living conditions, and impoverished orphans and HIV-positive children in their familial situations, as well as funerals and school presentations (among other community events). In addition to photographic prints, there are also some documents relating to the projects, and DVDs of the photographers' documentary work. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.
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The Lewis Hine Fellowship Photographs Collection spans the years 2003-2008 and consists of selected images from the documentary collections of six of the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program (LHDFP) fellows in the following locations: Alex Fattal (South Africa); Maital Guttman (South Africa); Kate Joyce (South Africa); Elena Rue (Ethiopia); Amanda van Scoyoc (Boston, Mass.); and Lucy Wilson (Zimbabwe). The photographic images and videos in the collection depict home and community life of disadvantaged and displaced families and children in several sub-Saharan African nations, as well as people in the communities of Chelsea and Boston, Massachusetts. Images show everyday life and activities, such as children playing and completing chores, mothers cooking meals, disabled children going to school, household living conditions, and impoverished orphans and HIV-positive children in their familial situations, as well as funerals and school presentations (among other community events). Several series reveal the after-effects of displacement and social conditions in post-apartheid South Africa (Kwazulu-Natal and Bloemfontein). Two of the photographers' projects also include black-and-white images taken by the children and their families, along with quotes from those individuals regarding the images.
The collection consists of 147 color and black-and-white unmatted prints, ranging in size from 6.5x10 inches to 13x20 inches. There are also 4 DVDs containing both still- and moving-image documentaries with text and audio interviews. Several of the projects include paper copies of the introductions to the bodies of work, as well as full captions for the photographs. Many of the photographs are also available as digital images currently mounted on the LHDFP section of the CDS website.
Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.
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The Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program (LHDFP) is administered by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University to support documentary photographers who address humanitarian issues in the U.S. and abroad. The LHDFP is the first postgraduate program at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies (CDS), and is part of a long-standing commitment to youth-focused work at the CDS. In order to work toward fulfilling this commitment, LHDFP places Fellows with organizations seeking creative solutions to the specific problems faced by women, adolescents, and children in poor, marginalized areas. Each year, Hines Fellows work with local organizations to document their chosen topic over the course of ten months. They then return to work with documentarians on their projects. Hine Fellows, selected each spring, are graduates of Duke University, the Robertson Scholars program between Duke and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, or of the Continuing Studies Certificate Program at the CDS. The Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program is supported by The Philanthropic Initiative and the Jessica Jennifer Cohen Foundation.
Biographical Notes for Photographers in Collection (Biographies are from the Center for Documentary Studies web site)
Alex Fattal graduated from Duke in 2001 with a B.A. in comparative area studies. Alex is a photographer who has made images of rural family life in Russia, Cuba, and most recently, in Colombia on a Fulbright Fellowship. During his time in Colombia, Alex also collaborated with local NGOs on programming related to issues of sustainable development and children's rights. He spent he time as a Fellow in Durban, South Africa, where he worked with a local NGO in its efforts for children's rights advocacy. As part of his work there, he developed the body of work contained within this collection, entitled: "Images of Childhood in South Africa Ten Years after Apartheid."
Maital Guttman is a documentary filmmaker. As a freshman at Duke University her interest in documentary work began through the Humanitarian Challenges at Home and Abroad FOCUS Program. During her senior year she produced her first full-length documentary titled Mechina: A Preparation. The film follows six Israeli teens three months before they become soldiers, and sheds light on Israeli society in a way that reaches beyond general images of conflict. As a Lewis Hine Fellow, Guttman worked with an NGO in Nekkie, South Africa, and documented the stories of children that attend an arts-based HIV education center in South Africa.
Kate Joyce studied sociology and photojournalism at San Francisco State University and, during fall 2003, worked on her Certificate in Documentary Studies through the Center for Documentary Studies. Kate is a photographer interested in the relationship between documentary processes and art. She spent seven months photographing in Chile, where she focused on female-headed households. Her fellowship project was spent in Bloemfontein, South Africa, photographing the body of work known as "Site Insight: Mapping Grassland Phase II", and working on documentary projects with a local NGO (DEDI) that focuses on early childhood education and parental-empowerment in rural and informal settlements. She has also photographed in Iceland, Guatemala, Spain, and the American West.
Elena Rue is a 2003 graduate of Kenyon College, where she studied anthropology and photography. During an intensive semester at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) in 2001, she completed a number of undergraduate documentary studies courses and was involved with CDS's Youth Document Durham program and Student Action with Farmworkers, an organization housed at CDS. She spent that following spring semester in Ghana documenting the unique sign language of the isolated deaf community of Adamorobe. Rue spent nine months as a Fellow in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia working with an NGO that supports children whose families have been affected by HIV. The project she developed while working with these families is called "Love After Loss."
Amanda van Scoyoc
Amanda van Scoyoc graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in fine arts. For the last six years, she has worked on a variety of documentary projects, including a series of photographs, interviews, and writings about the impact that adopting nine-year-old Russian twin sisters has had on her family as well as on their own adjustment and development. She has also volunteered as a photographer with two nonprofits in Guatemala and Honduras, and worked as an art teacher at a Boy's Club of America, where she has incorporated journaling into her teaching. As a Fellow, van Scoyoc worked with an NGO in Chelsea, Mass. that helps at-risk youth become self-sufficient, responsible citizens. Her project regarding low-income and teenage mothers is entitled: "Raising Them Right: Young Motherhood in Chelsea, Massachusetts."
Lucy Wilson graduated from Duke in 2001 with a major in public policy studies. After graduation, Lucy lived in Ghana, where she worked for the United States Refugee Resettlement Program - Overseas Processing Entity (OPE), interviewing refugees throughout West Africa and leading circuit rides for the OPE field team. While at Duke, Lucy initiated Teaching Together, Learning Together, a partnership between Duke professors and Durham public school teachers. She was also a research assistant with CARE's Office of Public Policy and Governmental Relations, where she worked on a public advocacy campaign to increase international family-planning funding. As part of her coursework at the Center for Documentary Studies, she photographed a Nigerian family living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Wilson's project as a Fellow ("The Highfield District of Harare, Zimbabwe") reflects her time with the NGO Child Protection Society (CPS), a local child rights advocacy organization in Zimbabwe.
- Acquisition Information:
- The Lewis Hine Documentary Fellowship Photographs Collection were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift from 2008-2010.
- Processing information:
Processed by Karen Glynn, 2008-2010
Encoded by Paula Jeannet and Jessica Carew, February 2011
Accessions 2008-0128, 2008-0129, 2008-0130, 2008-0131, 2009-0277, 2010-0005, and 2010-0153 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by photographer, whose bodies of works are then arranged in original order as identified by the photographer.
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Blacks -- Relocation -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal
Documentary photography -- South Africa
Poor children -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Social conditions
Orphans -- Ethiopia -- Addis Ababa -- Social conditions
Post-apartheid era -- Kwazulu (South Africa)
HIV infections -- Social aspects -- Africa
Orphans -- Africa, Sub-Saharan -- Social conditions
Nongovernmental organizations -- Social aspects
Children -- Zimbabwe -- Social conditions
Children -- South Africa -- Pictorial works
Disabled children -- Education
Children's rights -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Documentaries (motion picture genre)
Archive of Documentary Arts (Duke University)
Duke University. Center for Documentary Studies
Van Scoyoc, Amanda
Ethiopia -- Social conditions -- 21st century -- Pictorial works
Chelsea (Mass.) -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works
Bloemfontein (South Africa) -- Social conditions
Zimbabwe -- Social conditions
Zimbabwe -- Pictorial works
South Africa -- Social conditions -- Pictorial works
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