First Book Prize in Photography Publication and Exhibit Is a Cross-Campus Collaboration

"Butch Queen Face walkers," Latex Ball, Manhattan, 2006. Photograph by Gerard H. Gaskin.

“Butch Queen Face walkers,” Latex Ball, Manhattan, 2006. Photograph by Gerard H. Gaskin.

Anticipation is already building for the book launch and accompanying exhibit of Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene, featuring photographs by 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Gerard H. Gaskin. Celebrated curator and photographer Deborah Willis chose Gaskin’s longtime project for the prestigious biennial prize—radiant color and black-and-white photographs of house balls, underground events where gay and transgender men and women, mostly African American and Latino, come together to see and be seen. Click here for more information on Legendary; scroll down for a photo gallery.

Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene
November 4, 2013–February 22, 2014
Juanita Kreps Gallery, Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina

Thursday, November 7, 5:30–8 p.m.: Reception, artist’s talk (6:30 p.m.), and book signing

The First Book Prize itself is administered by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Honickman Foundation, and its rewards involve the invaluable efforts of other Duke partners. In addition to a cash prize, winners receive publication of a book of photography—Legendary will be published by CDS and Duke University Press—and after an exhibit at CDS, the photos are housed in Duke’s Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Library.

Join us on November 7 for a celebration of the Legendary book launch and exhibit here at CDS with Gerard Gaskin, Deborah Willis, and all of our First Book Prize in Photography partners.

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