Alex Harris grew up in the South. He graduated from Yale in 1971and soon after, founded the Center for Documentary Photography at Duke University in 1980 and subsequently the Center for Documentary Studies. He also co-founded DoubleTake Magazine with Robert Coles and served as editor for more than 12 years. Harris has extensively photographed the American South, Mexico, Alaska, and Cuba. His work has been collected by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. The awards he has received have included a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship and the Lyndhurst Prize. He has exhibited extensively and published 14 books; the most recent, Why We Are Here, is a collaboration with E.O. Wilson. He currently lives in North Carolina.

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