Sarah Stacke 2014-2015

Stacke_BioPIcSarah Stacke is a photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. One of her current documentary projects takes place in Western North Carolina where she photographs the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Sarah is also working on Love From Manenberg, a long-form documentary project in Cape Town, South Africa, and another project in the Democratic Republic of Congo where she’s developing an archival repository in collaboration with photographers in Kinshasa.

In addition to making photographs, Sarah teaches and generates projects that ask viewers to think critically about cross-cultural visual literacy at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies. Sarah has written about photography for The New York Times Lens Blog and the Nasher Museum. She is the curator of exhibitions including Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum and AfriPost: Epistolary Journeys of African Pictures.

In 2012 she received a Master of Arts from Duke University tailored to research photographic representations of sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora. Also at Duke, Sarah received certificates in African and African American Studies and Documentary Arts with a focus on multimedia.

Clients and publications include The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time Out New York, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, Marie Claire, YMCA, KARIBU Kinshasa, HOPE Cape Town, SONKE Gender Justice Network, and Yéle Haiti.

She began her career as an assistant to Burt Glinn of Magnum Photos.

About being a Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow, Sarah says, “This is an incredible opportunity to work with Exalt Youth, an organization that serves youth in the criminal justice system. As a photographer I’m interested in intersections of culture, history, and geography that have created marginalized communities. The disproportional incarceration rates within black communities have marginalized many people with devastating consequences. Exalt inspires youth at a critical crossroad to believe in their worth and transform themselves to reflect that worth and create lasting change. Documentary has the power to subvert the stereotypes surrounding incarcerated youth, inspire new ways of looking, and motivate people around the related social issues of racism and poverty. I can’t wait to get to work.”

For her fellowship, Sarah is working with Exalt Youth in Brooklyn.

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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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Maital Guttman 2005-2006

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. Through the film, Maital hopes to provide a fresh glimpse into the life of Israeli society and look beyond the images of conflict shown in the media. As a documentarian she plans to continue telling stories that are often unheard and unseen by the general public, with the underlying intent of moving beyond differences and bringing people together.

A comparative area studies major, Maital is passionate about the world, its beauty, and its cultures, with primary interest in the Middle East. She lived in Israel for seven years and is fluent in Hebrew. She also studied intensive Arabic while living with a traditional Muslim family in Morocco. She brought many of the lessons she learned in Morocco and abroad to Duke where she founded the first Arab and Jewish Students for Dialogue Group. She has traveled and worked across the globe, in Thailand, New Zealand, Uruguay, Kenya, Australia, Eastern Europe, and in the United States, in New Orleans.

As a Lewis Hine Fellow, Maital worked with the Ten Million Memory Project in South Africa to complete a film about the impact of “Hero Books” on children’s lives.

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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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Alex Fattal 2002-2003

Alex Fattal graduated from Duke in 2001 with a major 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. His work in Colombia was also supported by the AJA Project.

Prior to these experiences, Alex helped organize a theatre advocacy group with the Southern Africa Environment Project in Cape Town, South Africa, and worked as a social services caseworker in New Mexico resettling refugees. His background in working with children includes time spent as a teacher and counselor for New York City adolescents, as a Literacy through Photography curriculum teacher in Durham, North Carolina, and as the founder and coordinator of a tutoring program for children living at the Genesis Home in Durham, North Carolina.

As a Lewis Hine Fellow, Alex worked with the Children’s Rights Centre in Durban, South Africa.

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Sarah Chasnovitz 2001-2002, Hart Fellow


In 2001–2002, Sarah Chasnovitz worked as a Hart Fellow for the Foundation for Community Work (FCW) in Cape Town, South Africa. Sarah worked with FCW’s Family in Focus program, an outreach initiative dedicated to enriching family life through child and parent education. As a result of years of apartheid and economic deprivation, family life in many Camp Town townships has been severly affected. In conjunction with local staff, Sarah conceptualized and developed a community radio series. The series featured informational segments and personal narratives that focus on good parenting strategies and early childhood education. The series is fully staffed by community members, all of whom have received training to be hosts, commentators, and interviewers.

In fall 2002, Sarah was in residence at the Center for Documentary Studies as part of the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program where she further edited portions of the radio series and wrote the story of its development and community impact.

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