Transits and Migrations: A Summer in Berlin @ Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University


Duke’s summer course, Capturing the City: Documentary Photography in Berlin, pushed students to immerse themselves fully in one of Europe’s most dynamic capital cities. They interpreted scenes of cultural life, public spaces, landscapes, and people. Project fieldwork sites included Tempelhof airfield—a Nazi-era airport made famous during the 1948–1949 Berlin Airlift and now used as a public park and reception center for refugees—as well as the U-Bahn, Berlin’s subway system. Students also wrote fictional short stories based on vintage photographs purchased at Berlin flea markets and met with Berlin-based documentary photographers and writers.

The exhibition includes work by students Rachel Corr, Dai Li, Ellen Liew, Barbara McHugh, Iliana Sun, Genevieve Valladao, Katlyn Walther, Wenqin Wang, and Deanna White; as well as Gesche Wuerfel — who teaches at UNC-Chapel Hill, Grace Farson, a recent John Hope Franklin award winner, and class instructor, Christopher Sims.

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