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Honickman First Book Prize in Photography
Author: Big Fat Prize
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Date: 09/08/2010 04:00
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Location: United States, North Carolina, Durham
Address: Box 90802,
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1 place: 3,000 USD

This biennial prize offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in an exhibition of prizewinners. Duke University Press will publish the book in association with CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies

DURHAM, NC—The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and The Honickman Foundation are pleased to announce that internationally renowned color photographer William Eggleston will judge the 2010 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition.

William Eggleston’s groundbreaking reinvention of color photography in the 1970s established him as one of America’s most original and influential artists. His landmark solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, curated by John Szarkowski, and the companion book,
William Eggleston’s Guide (1976), brought Eggleston international acclaim and established him as the “father of color photography.” Szarkowski wrote of the photographs, “As pictures . . . these seem to me perfect: irreducible surrogates for the experience they pretend to record, visual analogues for the quality of one life, collectively a paradigm of a private view, a view one would have thought ineffable, described here with clarity, fullness, and elegance.” Eggleston’s other books and portfolios include Los Alamos, Election Eve, Flowers, Wedgwood Blue, Seven, Troubled Waters, The Louisiana Project, William Eggleston’s Graceland, The Democratic Forest, Faulkner’s Mississippi, Ancient and Modern, 5 x 7, Spirit of Dunkerque, 2 ¼, and William Eggleston: Paris. He has been a lecturer in Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, a researcher in color video at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a recipient of awards and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hasselblad Foundation, and PhotoEspaña. In 2004, he was awarded the Getty Images Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Center of Photography. Eggleston has also photographed on the sets of such filmmakers as John Huston, David Byrne, and Gus Van Sant, and he is the subject of Michael Almereyda’s documentary film William Eggleston in the Real World (2005). In 2008, the Whitney Museum of American Art, with Haus der Kunst in Munich, organized the retrospective exhibition William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961–2008.

“William Eggleston brings to the First Book Prize his singular vision on the ordinary, his democratic view of the everyday,” said Tom Rankin, director of the Center for Documentary Studies. “We could have no one better to locate the next great American photography book than him, no one more acute in seeing the brilliant fibers of the ever-present.”

Lynne Honickman, president of The Honickman Foundation, said, “I'm old enough to remember that first show at MOMA of color photography: It didn't just launch William Eggleston, it was a turning point that launched color photography. And I was overwhelmed. It wasn't a matter of beauty or ugliness to me, it was as if the world awakened and saw itself, for the first time, in living color. Eggleston's work, to me, was as boisterous as a sunset or an ocean . . . as mundane as pieces of our life . . . as mysterious and as deep. It simply was what it was. . . . He broke new ground and it took some time for the photo community to catch up.

“William Eggleston—what a coup for American photographers! To have the honor, privilege, and delight of this icon in his own time as final judge for the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize is at once inspirational and humbling.”

Judges for the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography are among the most significant and innovative artists, curators, and writers in contemporary photography. Renowned photographer and writer Robert Adams was the prize’s inaugural judge in 2002. Maria Morris Hambourg, founding curator of the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, judged the second biennial competition (2004). The judge for the third competition (2006) was Robert Frank, one of America’s most important and influential photographers. Celebrated photographer Mary Ellen Mark was the judge of the fourth prize competition (2008).

The biennial Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition is open to American photographers of any age who have never published a book-length work and who use their cameras for creative exploration, whether it be of places, people, or communities; of the natural or social world; of beauty at large or the lack of it; of objective or subjective realities. The prize honors work that is visually compelling, that bears witness, and that has integrity of purpose.

The winning photographer receives a grant of $3,000, publication of a book of photography, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. The judge also writes the introduction for the book, which is published by Duke University Press in association with CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies.

Submissions for the 2010 competition will be accepted from June 15 to September 8, 2010.

More information about the prize:

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University teaches, engages in, and presents documentary work grounded in collaborative partnerships and extended fieldwork that uses photography, film/video, audio, and narrative writing to capture and convey contemporary memory, life, and culture. CDS values documentary work that balances community goals with individual artistic expression. CDS promotes documentary work that cultivates progressive change by amplifying voices, advancing human dignity, engendering respect among individuals, breaking down barriers to understanding, and illuminating social injustices. CDS conducts its work for local, regional, national, and international audiences.

The Honickman Foundation (THF) is dedicated to the support of projects that promote the arts, education, health, and social change. Embodied in this commitment is a fundamental belief in the power of the “family unit” and in the necessity of a strong community to support it. THF is dedicated to a variety of projects that strengthen and bolster both individuals and families. Though of disparate substance, what each project has in common is its creative potential. At the heart of the mission of The Honickman Foundation is the belief that creativity enriches contemporary society, because the arts are powerful tools for enlightenment, equity, and empowerment, and must be encouraged to effect social change as well as personal growth. To these ends The Honickman Foundation invests its time and resources.


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