Peter Lucas

Adjunct Instructor

Peter Lucas

Poetics of Witnessing

B.A. Slippery Rock University
M.A. New York University
Ph.D. New York University

Peter Lucas teaches at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Draper Progam, and Tisch Open Arts at NYU. His teaching and scholarly writing focuses on human rights with an emphasis on participatory media, documentary practice, photography, the poetics of witnessing, human rights education, and youth media. His publications include, Viva Favela: Photojournalism, Visual Inclusion, and Human Rights in Brazil and Action for Disarmament: Ten Things you Can Do.

As a filmmaker, he works as a director, creative producer, and producer on shorts and feature-length documentaries. In 2012, he won the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for his film The Amazon Star, a visual travelogue of the Amazon River, currently in post-production. In 2015 he was a Documentary Fellow at the Sundance Institute for his creative producing on the film Hooligan Sparrow directed by Nanfu Wang. This film opened at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2016 and was the opening night film at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Netflix is currently streaming the film and it was short-listed for the 2017 Oscars for best documentary.

His film and photography work can be seen at: