On the first class of each semester, we invite two individuals to come to our classroom and tell us about homelessness, Eric Breit, the Development Director at Housing for New Hope (HNH), and Michael Kelly, a Peer Specialist and Outreach Worker for HNH. While Eric provides so much important and useful contextual information about the homeless situation locally, it is Michael’s stories about his own experiences living along the train tracks right across from our building that everyone remembered and referred to in later class discussions.
Magnum Photographer Susan Meiselas once said, “There’s a very subtle difference between going to a place because one is ‘concerned,’ and becoming ‘concerned’ through the process of engagement.”
Without a doubt, these ten accomplished young documentarians will leave this experience with many lessons, and much concern, and perhaps the position one day to further act on that concern.
The Durham Herald-Sun published this piece
Duke News published the following piece:
One student, John Refling, wrote, “I shared my piece with the men at Phoenix House and they absolutely loved it. The brothers’ reaction to my documentary really blew me away, and made all of the work I put in to this project very, very worth it. It was a great pleasure watching their reactions as they saw the piece; they kept commenting on the pictures, and then saying, “Oh! There I am!”.