Libby Conn 2006-2007

Though she was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Libby Conn quickly fell in love with her adopted home of North Carolina while studying as an undergraduate at the Center for Documentary Studies. At CDS, Libby was encouraged to explore her new community by undertaking various documentary projects. Working over the course of four years with photography, video, writing, and audio, she collaborated with many individuals to explore such topics as health care for the disabled homeless, the death penalty’s impact on family, local reactions to the invasion of Iraq, young mothers transitioning from welfare to work, evolving traditions in African American quilting, and voting practices in rural North Carolina.

In the summer of 2003, with help from the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards program at CDS, Libby had the opportunity to live in the Mississippi Delta, where she worked for a summer youth program as a counselor and oral history teacher. She and fellow Duke student Laura Tobolowsky worked to produce The Sunflower County Freedom Project, a film about the students they met there.

After graduating from Duke University in 2004, Libby worked in Washington, D.C., as a production coordinator for York Zimmerman Inc, a documentary film production company dedicated to making films about people and ideas that change the world. As a Lewis Hine Fellow, Libby worked with Project Hope in Boston to document the transformation that young women at risk of homelessness experience when they get involved with the organization’s programs.

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Annie Dlugokecki 2006-2007

Annie Dlugokecki (Duke ’06) is a still photographer with experience in both fine art and documentary photography. Her personal connection with photography, as a means to express ideas and explore personal events, has made her eager to share this craft with other people. Annie was a photography instructor at a local elementary school in conjunction with the Literacy Through Photography program at the Center for Documentary Studies.

Through her work at CDS, Annie has pursued a variety of photography projects. In the spring of her junior year she photographed a community called Southern Village, a planned suburban neighborhood in Chapel Hill. In her last semester at Duke, Annie completed a collaborative project with a woman named Regina who had recently been released from the Raleigh Correctional Center for Women. Annie took photographs and printed them using the cyanotype process. Regina then responded to the images by writing on them. Together Annie and Regina edited this collection of prints.

As a Lewis Hine Fellow, Annie worked with Julie’s Family Learning Center in Boston. In addition to developing a series of short documentary videos on Julie’s programs, she shot a series of large-format family portraits of the women the organization serves.

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