Duncan Lecture Picture Perfect
By all accounts, the inaugural David Douglas Duncan Endowed Lecture In Photojournalism was a great success. Duncan—who is considered by many to be the world's finest photojournalist—and his wife Sheila flew in from their home in France so that he might give this first lecture. Close to five hundred photography enthusiasts crowded the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library Auditorium to watch a slide show and listen to Duncan recount his adventures in the world of photography—"Photographing Faces: Fun, Fury and Under Fire." The audience was riveted by Duncan's stories and photographs of his seventeen-year friendship with Pablo Picasso, his recent controversial book on Henri Cartier-Bresson, the Korean War, and the abduction and eventual rescue of his beloved terrier Yo-Yo.
A champagne reception was held in the Great Hall after the lecture. Guests were treated to Duncan signing copies of his books, blow-ups of Duncan photographs of Picasso, and local chanteuse Stephanie Stephens singing Edith Piaf. Duncan was busy during his brief stay in Austin. He visited his archive with archivists Mary Alice Harper and Liz Murray at the Ransom Center, met with photojournalism students, was interviewed by UT Journalism professor J.B. Colson, was the subject of an Austin At Issue interview with Tom Spencer on local PBS station KLRU (which aired Memorial weekend), took a trip to San Antonio where he donated a pair of Oriental screens to the San Antonio Museum of Art, and was feted by University officials and Ransom Center Advisory members at a special dinner.