Eric Dusenbery

Photographer, Author, Speaker


Eric Dusenbery is a storyteller, helping audiences realize the potential of curiosity. Customized presentations have included insights and ideas to a wide range of civic and professional organizations, businesses, libraries, schools, nonprofits and trade associations.


Worm Grunting, Monkey Fishing and the Power of Curiosity

We all have a story to tell.  Eric speaks on the power of curiosity and inspires audiences to find new ways to connect and stand out through authentic storytelling. Colorful characters and unique narratives provide a backdrop for lessons in communications — we need to expand our curiosity and share what we discover. The presentation is offered as a four-hour workshop (Photography and Visual Storytelling) or a 45 minute to one-hour program on communications and empathy in today's highly technical  and digital world. Participant interaction is encouraged with laughter and lively discussion commonly seen. Presentation features photography and multimedia.

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Bennie Taylor, Homerville, Georgia from the documentary project, "Modernization of the Agrarian South: From Dorothea Lange to the 21st Century" Photo © Eric Dusenbery


In conjunction with the documentary projects,  Modernization of the Agrarian South: From Dorothea Lange to the 21st Century and the multi-year, multi-state journalism + community engagement + documentary photography project, Sidetracked: Travels Across the Undiscovered South, is a lecture presentation to universities, art and community venues and educational organizations.

Documentary photographer Eric Dusenbery shares conversations about the documentary photographic process and the human experience through this presentation and lecture. Universities and community spaces will benefit from in-depth insights and perspectives of a working photographic artist. The subject matter and unique photographic approach offers great potential for the development of educational programming.

This lecture presentation is a look at the stories, history and photography from journeys that document subject themes through the power of large-format photography and first-person narratives — capturing  little known and compelling stories of the South through pictures and the anecdotes  — stories that dive beneath the surface, giving the South its distinctive character. 

Emphasizing the traditions of documentary photography as a way of seeing and interpreting cultural life, the imagery is accomplished through the lens of large-format, black-and-white, hand-printed silver gelatin film photography — a style and method employed by legendary documentary photographers Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and others. Using this unconventional photographic approach in a digital imaging age that is instantaneous, easy, inexpensive, and where technical skills and a knowledge of f-stops, exposure, shutter speeds, and the use of a darkroom have been replaced by smart phones, apps and computer screens — gives the project a distinctive visual aesthetic. 

Presentation features photography and multimedia.


Southern Soup: Putting History On the Table   Program Recipe: 1 Part Stories + 1 Part Photography + 1 Part History

A compelling look at historic cooking habits, food production and recipes that defined the family and community in the rural and small-town South. Our southern states are unique in its food consumption and production practices both from a historical perspective and present-day realities. The South has a rich harvest of storytellers from tobacco-spitting blue crab fishermen who recount commercial fishing practices of yesteryear to ranchers who reminisce about Depression-era farming and other surprising tales.

Presentation features photography and multimedia and is appropriate for youth, college and adult groups. Florida Soup offers an educational and entertaining program for schools, universities, libraries, conferences, meetings, historical societies and civic groups.

"THANK YOU. Of those who completed a speaker evaluation, 97% gave you a rating of Excellent / Very Good and enjoyed your presentation. Special comments were made regarding your photographs and the personal stories. Thank you for your very interesting and enjoyable presentation." Maureen Cortese, University of Central Florida

“There has been a positive buzz around town from your stories and photos. I love the warm-hearted response. You have proven that you are trusted and the people that you have interviewed were really pleased with the way it all turned out.”

Kathy Smyth, City Council, City of Luverne, Alabama

“evocative...” Daytona Beach News-Journal

"Thanks again for joining our dynamic team of special speakers with The Enrichment Academy program.  You hit a home run last night with our residents.  They really enjoyed it"   Melanie Sarakinis, The Villages Enrichment Academy

"Eric's presentations at the Barberville Pioneer Settlement have not only been educational but entertaining — the audience interaction was wonderful. The demonstrations and talks made perfect sense as the topic related to our organization's mission of preservation and education on local folk arts and traditional trades."     Debra West, Executive Director, Barberville Pioneer Settlement

"Eric is the vehicle that tells Florida's stories." Robert Redd, Executive Director, New Smyrna Beach Museum of History

"I would like to provide a huge thank you for a wonderful program you presented to the CCB members. I personally thought your photography was inspiring and was some of the most memorable imagery ever presented to the club."

Richard Thompson, President, CCB

"The only way to engage people is by using unconventional thinking.

And that begins with curiosity and storytelling."