Victoria Fleischer 2010-2011

Victoria Fleischer came to the Hine Fellowship through her undergraduate work at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. She graduated in spring 2010 with a major in public policy and a Certificate in Documentary Studies.

Victoria has had a broad range of volunteer experiences in her home city of New York, in Durham, and in civic engagement placements in Paris, France, and Cape Town, South Africa. Her love for photography began while at the Dalton School in New York, where she was also an accomplished dancer and choreographer. While there, she spent considerable time working with the Citizen’s Committee for Children, advocating for education, housing, health care, and juvenile justice for children in the Bronx.

While at Duke, Victoria continued to hone her expertise in photography and then began adding audio to create multimedia presentations. In preparation for a DukeEngage placement in South Africa, she added skills in video. While in South Africa, she worked closely with photographer Paul Weinberg, whose work was instrumental in garnering international support against apartheid. This experience, along with Duke classes in public policy and documentary, revealed in very tangible ways, “how art could help advocate and effect change.”

Victoria’s fellowship was with College Bound Dorchester where she shot hundreds of images for their communications materials, including an essay for their Annual Report. She had an exhibit at College Bound in at the end of her fellowship and her work is on permanent display in their offices. Victoria also produced four video portraits of individuals who work at College Bound.

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Erika Simon 2009-2010

Erika Simon has a B.A. (with honors) in English from Earlham College in Indiana, an M.A. in communication studies from UNC – Chapel Hill, and significant experience as an archivist, instructor, oral historian, and filmmaker.

She received her Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies in 2006. For her final project, she produced a short film, “Gemini World,” which won the Audience Award at the Carrboro Film Festival in 2006.

Erika has served as editor on numerous film projects, including Green Jobs Revolution; Looking Back: Brown Versus the Board of Education; Levante: Theater for Social Change; A New Kind of Listening; Hearts & Mines, and many others. She contributed to the radio series North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty. She has taught video production and editing at Duke, Wofford College (South Carolina), University of Wisconsin-Madison, the North Carolina Folklife Institute, and other places. Erika was awarded the Martha Nell Hardy Award for Outstanding Teaching by UNC. She regularly receives among the highest reviews among instructors at the Center for Documentary Studies.

Erika came to documentary studies after seeing her own experience reflected in a documentary project that shattered stereotypes. “Having a lesbian mom was always something that made me feel like an outsider, even in the gay community. I knew ‘my story’ wasn’t the only one like it, and seeing a whole traveling photo-text exhibit about families like mine was empowering and provided an occasion for community dialogue.”

Erika worked with The City School in Boston. Founded in 1987, the City School works with more than 800 youths from across the region each year to provide the skills and challenging experiences needed to foster the next generation of leaders.

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Anne Weber 2009-2010

Anne Weber received her B.A. in art (cum laude) from Yale University. A photographer and a painter, she has exhibited work in the U.S. and abroad, and has been awarded a number of grants and residencies, including a Vermont Studio Center residency, Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship, Wooden Fish Fellowship (Japan), Morse Traveling Fellowship, and Louis Sudler Grant. She has worked on documentary projects examining the impact of the Three Gorges Dam in China as well as the rise and fall of the oil industry in southeastern Illinois.

Anne completed her Certificate in Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies in 2009. For her final project, she offered her services as a wedding photographer at the Wake County Courthouse in North Carolina, providing participating couples a copy of their portrait free of charge. Each couple filled out a basic questionnaire in which they provided a snapshot of who they are and why they were there. “I became interested in how marriage is and has been defined legally, as well as how people define marriage for themselves: as a spiritual union, a legally binding procedure, a proclamation of love, a passport to a new life, or something else entirely,” she says. To see images from this project, visit: Anne hopes to continue this work in several states where marriage is defined in various terms.

For her Hine fellowship, Anne worked with Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA) in 2009. She produced hundreds of images for IBA’s archive and communications materials, and gathered historical materials to help them tell their story. She produced two large exhibits “Somos Villa Victoria (Portraits From Parcel 19),” which was exhibited at IBA and a second exhibit, “The Geography of Marriage,” in which she photographed couples getting married in the Boston Courthouse and the Raleigh courthouse. This work was exhibited at Duke and can be seen online:


Gretchen Ferber 2008-2009

Gretchen Ferber graduated from Duke University in 2007 with a major in religion and a minor in visual arts. While at Duke, she completed several documentary photography projects including one, The Diversity of Spirituality Through Photography and Written Word, which was exhibited outside Duke President Brodhead’s office in 2007.

During her undergraduate education, Gretchen studied abroad and worked with underprivileged and troubled children in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Cholulu, Mexico. She assisted humanitarian efforts in Gulfport, Mississippi, and St. Croix, Virgin Islands. She founded the Duke/Durham Tennis Project, an after-school program providing weekly tennis lessons for thirty underprivileged students in Durham. She also did extensive local volunteer work through her church with children and the elderly.

Gretchen spent 2007–2008 working with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America organizing for social change in the Philippines.

She will be working this year in Boston with the United South End Settlements, which provides programs that address the needs of individuals and families, from infants to seniors, including pre-school and after-school child care, vacation and summer day camps, residential camping, family services, referrals and support, adult basic education and job readiness, computer classes and open access to technology in the Timothy Smith Computer Learning Center, and senior services such as home repair, benefits advocacy, health screenings and education, home visits and recreation.

“Documentary work inspires in me an urge to tell stories that are untold, to reveal issues in new light, and to understand more about myself and community in the process,” she says. “There is great power in this type of work, and I strive to effect change with creative subtlety.”

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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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Sarah Leeper 2005-2006

Sarah Leeper graduated from Duke University in 2003 with a major in developmental psychology and coursework in education, photography, and medicine. She spent time with children as a remedial language arts tutor in Durham public schools, as a Guardian Ad Litem with abused and neglected children in the North Carolina court system, as a caretaker at summer camps for children with HIV and other chronic illnesses, and in various patient care projects at the Duke Medical Center.

After graduation, Sarah worked for a year as a language facilitator in the Duke Hospital School’s classroom for the hearing impaired, where she taught deaf children audio-verbal and literacy skills through photography and personal narratives. She spent two years in Durban, South Africa, as a Hine Fellow with the Children’s Rights Centre, working with youth who are HIV-positive and documenting their experience of living positively. She is especially interested in empowering children to be active participants in their own health care and to share their knowledge with others through words and photographs.

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David Blocher 2004-2005

David Blocher graduated from Duke University in 2004. As a student, his photography focused on American consumerism and Durham’s changing cultural landscape. During this time, he worked with the Scrap Exchange in Durham teaching the principles of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” by facilitating workshops in which children were encouraged to expand their minds as they transformed industrial scrap into abstract art. He also taught photography classes and helped direct a summer art camp at the Art Center in Carrboro.

As a Jessica Jennifer Cohen/Lewis Hine Fellow, David worked with the non-governmental organization Persatuan Guru Tadika (PGT) in Taiping, Malaysia. PGT emphasizes preschool education for the children of Tamil workers on plantations in Malaysia and is noted for incorporating Tamil traditions into its educational format. In addition to helping in the preschool classrooms and teaching weekly photography lessons, David curated multimedia exhibitions about estate life through photographs and voice recordings. The exhibitions are intended to spark community discussions about estate life and give a broader context to the children’s photographic work.

Barnaby Hall 2003-2004

Barnaby Hall, a 2003 Duke graduate in history, is a photographer with an interest in local and indigenous communities. He worked in Cambodia and Afghanistan while an undergraduate. As an intern in Cambodia, from February to May 2001, Barnaby documented the efforts of the Center of Khmer Studies in Siem Reap, a non-governmental organization dedicated to study, teaching, and research on Khmer civilization and the cultures on the Mekong. Barnaby photographed for the UNFPA in Kabul, Afghanistan, during the summer of 2002. His photographs have been published in the New York Times, Financial Times, the Evening Standard (London) and the Duke Magazine.

Barnaby was a Lewis Hine Fellow at the PACOS Trust (Partners of Community Organizations), a community-based organization created to develop the overall quality of life of indigenous communities in Sabah, Malaysia. PACOS is documenting the history of indigenous communities located in forested land that is being razed for palm oil plantations. Through this documentation, the organization works for legal recognition of indigenous people’s land rights.

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Kate Joyce 2003-2004

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. She has also photographed in Iceland, Guatemala, Spain, and the American West.

In San Francisco, Kate was an intern for Robert Dawson, a photographer and the founder of the Water in the West Project, and photo historian Ellen Manchester. Among other projects, she worked on SiteOverTime, re-photographing locations of images made in the nineteenth century as a way of looking at cultural and ecological change in the landscape of the American West.

Kate volunteered with two programs focusing on the collaboration between schools and museums, encouraging young people to explore and participate in the visual arts. With Look Again: Photography in the Classroom, she taught elementary students technical and interpretive aspects of photography through a range of hands-on outreach activities that then became part of the educational framework of each classroom. With SFMOMA Matches she was a mentor for high school students at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Kate’s Lewis Hine Fellowship was with the Diketso Eseng Dipuo Community Development Trust in Bloemfontien, South Africa. DEDI focuses on early childhood development; by using participatory models in parental personal development, the organization benefits children in informal settlement and rural areas.

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