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Event Details

February 8, 2020
2:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m.


$14.50 for Not-Yet-Members
FREE for Members
Reservations Required


High Museum of Art
Hill Auditorium

Event Description

“Make Believe: Walking the Line Between Documentary and Fiction”

In 2017, as part of High Museum’s Picturing the South series, Alex Harris set out to immerse himself in the world of Southern filmmakers. He has since photographed on the sets of more than 41 different films in 9 different states. In his talk “Make Believe: Walking the Line Between Documentary and Fiction,” Harris will show and discuss his most recent project while also reflecting on images and experiences from five decades behind the camera.

This conversation is presented in association with the High’s exhibition Our Strange New Land: Photographs by Alex Harris.

Alex Harris seated on a bench outside.

About Alex Harris

Alex Harris has photographed extensively in the American South, New Mexico, Alaska, and Cuba. He is a co-founder of the Center for Documentary Studies and of Doubletake magazine. Harris is also emeritus professor at Duke University, where he has taught for four decades. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, a Lyndhurst Prize, and the Robert Cox Undergraduate Teaching Award at Duke. As a photographer and editor, Harris has published 18 books, including River of Traps, a 1991 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction. Other books include The Idea of Cuba (2007) and Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897–1922, with Margaret Sartor (2018).

Support for Conversations with Contemporary Artists is provided by the Jane F. and Clayton F. Jackson Conversations with Contemporary Artists Endowment.


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The High Museum strives to make its programs accessible for everyone. Sign language interpretation is provided for all talks.