2019

Slow Burn: A Photodocument of Centralia, Pennsylvania, Photographs by Renée Jacobs

November 2, 2019 - March 1, 2020


Photo-Texts: A Survey of the Rubenstein Library's Photobook Collection

July 3, 2019 – December 20, 2019
Curated by Lisa McCarty


The Sweet Flypaper of Life: Photographs by Roy DeCarava, Text by Langston Hughes

June 8 - October 27, 2019


To Survive on this Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults by Jess T. Dugan & Vanessa Fabbre

Curated by Rachel Jessen
February 23 - June 2, 2019

Photograph of a woman standing in a fur jacket on a snowy city street

Image: Gloria, 70, Chicago, IL, 2016 by Jess T. Dugan.


2018

Propitious Wind and Rain: Photographs from Kunshan by Tom Rankin

Curated by Lisa McCarty
November 4, 2018 - February 17, 2019

black and white photograph of a building in China

Image: Bacheng Fishmarket, December, 2016 by Tom Rankin


Gedney in India

Curated by Margaret Sartor, Devika Singh, & Shanay Jhaveri
June 9 - October 28, 2018

Image: Calcutta, 1980 by William Gedney


Manifest: Photographs by Wendel White

Curated by Lisa McCarty

February 17 - June 3, 2018

Image: Tintype, Fenton History Center, Jamestown, New York


2017

Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation

Photographs by Lauren Pond, 2016 Winner of the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography'

Curated by Lisa McCarty

November 11, 2017 - January 4, 2018

Image: Pastor Mack Wolford’s yellow timber rattlesnake Old Yeller slithers around his neck during an outdoor worship service, Panther, West Virginia, May 2011.


Dream of a House: The Passions and Preoccupations of Reynolds Price

Photographs by Alex Harris | Curated by Alex Harris & Margaret Sartor

July 15 - November 5, 2017

Image: Reynolds Price's Office, 2011 by Alex Harris


There's Content: Five Years of the masters of Fine Arts in Experimental & Documentary Arts

Curated by Alex Cunningham

March 3 - June 20, 2017

Image: Tobacco Queen Negative, 2014 by Aaron Canipe


2016

Wave the Flag

Curated by Lisa McCarty

October 29, 2016 - February 26, 2017

Image Credit: Jay Turner Frey Seawell, Shadow, 2013


Tomb in the Corner of the Garden: Selections from the Picture File

Curated by Aaron Canipe

June 27 - October 20, 2016

Image Credit: Picture File, Box 10, Folder M313.3, Tennessee


Where We Live: A North Carolina Portrait

Photographs by Alex Harris, Amanda Berg, Rachel Boillot, & Jennifer Stratton

March 5, 2016 - June 19, 2016

Juke Joint, Camden, NC, June 1972 by Alex Harris


2015

Intimate Gestures: Handmade Books by William Gedney

Curated by Lisa McCarty

November 12, 2015 - March 1, 2016

Page from A Time of Youth by William Gedney


Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and Ludmila

Photographs by Nadia Sablin, 2014 Winner of the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

Curated by Lisa McCarty

November 7, 2015 - February 28, 2016

Nadia Sablin, The last strawberries, Alekhovshchina, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, 2009


Sidney D. Gamble in China, 1908-1932

Curated by Luo Zhou and Guo-Juin Hong

August 24 - November 2, 2015

Sidney Gamble

Sidney Gamble, Lixian, Chiang Village, Sichuan, 1917


2014

LIBRARY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION

2013

One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia
Center for Documentary Studies, Kreps and Lyndhurst Galleries, March 18–October 5, 2013

Street Exposure: The Photographs of Ronald Reis 
Rubenstein Library, Mar 13, 2013 - May 17, 2013

2012

Documenting the Politics of Food: Photographs from the Rubenstein Library Collections
Rubenstein Library, August 10-December 10, 2012

Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum
Center for Documentary Studies, Lyndhurst Gallery, April 30–October 20, 2012

Randolph Bezzant Holmes Photographs, 1910-1919 
Rubenstein Library, May 7-August 6, 2012

Nation on the Move - The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Photographs by Frank Espada, 1963-1990 
Rubenstein Library, January 16-April 29, 2012

2011

Iraq | Perspectives: Photographs by Benjamin Lowy 
Rubenstein Library, October 24 -December 11, 2011

Flesh and Metal, Bodies and Buildings: Works from Jonathan Hyman’s Archive of 9/11 Vernacular Memorials 
Rubenstein Library, May 9-October 16, 2011

2010

Deena Stryker: Photographs of Cuba, 1963-1964 
Rubenstein Library, August 20-December 12, 2010

Cedric Chatterley: Photographs of Honeyboy Edwards, 1991-1996
Rubenstein Library, January 18 – March 28, 2010

2009

Beyond Beauty: Photographs from the Duke University Special Collections Library
Nasher Museum of Art @ Duke University, July-October 2009
   
The Bathers: Photographs by Jennette Williams
Rubenstein Library, September 8-December 13, 2009

Photographs by William Gedney & Paul Kwilecki
Rubenstein Library, April 6-August 30, 2009
   
The New Road: I-26 and the Footprints of Progress, Photographs by Rob Amberg
Rubenstein Library, January 12 - March 29, 2009

2008

Olive Pierce: Forty Years of Photographs (1963-2003)
Rubenstein Library, August 4 – December 14, 2008

Then & Now - Eight South African Photographers
Rubenstein Library, January 14-March 23, 2008

Near the Cross: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta
Rubenstein Library, January 14-March 23, 2008

2007

Danny Wilcox Frazier - Driftless: Photographs from Iowa
Rubenstein Library, November 5, 2007-December 16, 2007

2006

Close To Home: Photographs by Margaret Sartor
Rubenstein Library, August 7-December 12, 2006

Carl Mydans: Photographs, 1935-1958
Rubenstein Library, April 3-July 30, 2006

2005

Steven Smith: Photographs of the Suburban West
Rubenstein Library, November 7-December 14, 2005

Night Vision: Photographs of William Gedney and Lynn Saville
Rubenstein Library, August 8-October 30, 2005

James Karales: Photographs 1956-1969
Rubenstein Library, April 11-July 31, 2005

2004

Mel Rosenthal: Photographs from In the South Bronx of America
Rubenstein Library, August 2- December 12, 2004

2003

Larry Schwarm: On Fire
Rubenstein Library, October 2003

Alex Harris: Photographs, 1998-2000. Images from the Duke University Special Collections Library
Rubenstein Library, September 2003