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Mary J Sharp, Lecturing Fellow of Documentary Studies

Mary J Sharp

MJ Sharp is a documentary and fine arts photographer based in North Carolina. While primarily a fine arts photographer, her past work has included freelancing regionally for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, PBS’s Frontline, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Ford Foundation, among others. Her work appears in the collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Akron Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art, the Ackland Museum of Art, and the Asheville Museum of Art, as well as private collections such as the the Keohane-Kenan Permanent Collection at Duke and the Cassilhaus Collection in Chapel Hill, NC. She serves on the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and is Vice President of the Duke Faculty Union. She has been based at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke since 2012, where she loves teaching undergraduates the alchemy of black and white film photography and the rigor of advanced projects. Samples of her work are available online at

Contact Info:
Office Location:  1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, NC 27705
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3663
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:

Teaching (Fall 2019):

    Bridges 201, W 10:20 AM-11:10 AM; Bridges 201, F 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
    (also cross-listed as ARTSVIS 115S.01, VMS 115S.01)
Office Hours:

Office hours: Monday-Wednesday by appointment

M.F.A.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill2007

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