Visiting Photojournalist David Degner and the Arab Spring

Via CDS Porch:

Acclaimed Middle Eastern–based photojournalist David Degner will visit Duke University to talk about his work at two public events and to speak to undergraduates and students in the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. The freelance photographer has been based in Egypt for the past three years, living a block from Cairo’s Tahrir Square; he was one of the first journalists to enter Libya during its revolution, and has gained unique access to government-controlled Syria and the ongoing conflict there. His work has been published in the New York Times , The GuardianTIME, the Wall Street Journal, and AdBusters, among others.


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At an event at the Center for Documentary Studies, Degner will show photographs and give a first-person account of his time covering the Arab Spring revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, and Syria, discussing his evolution as a photographer during this period.

Tuesday, November 12
6–7 p.m. refreshments; 7–8 p.m. artist’s talk
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina

The following day, Degner will participate in a lunch conversation and artist talk as part of Duke’s Center for International Studies‘ Globalization and the Artist series, which explores the interplay of global trends and what artists create. Degner will discuss the specifics of gathering information as a journalist on the ground in the quickly-evolving situations of the revolutions around the Middle East and the latest conflict in Gaza.

Wednesday, November 13
12–1 p.m.

John Hope Franklin Center, Room 130
2204 Erwin Road at Trent Drive, Durham, North Carolina
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Sponsored by Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program, Center for International Studies, Middle East Studies Center, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department, and Islamic Studies Center.

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