Closing Event for “On Fire,” with First Book Prize in Photography Alum Larry Schwarm

"Fire (before and after), Lyon County, Kansas, 1992." Photograph by Larry Schwarm.

“Fire (before and after), Lyon County, Kansas, 1992.” Photograph by Larry Schwarm.

On May 22, inaugural  CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Larry Schwarm will give a public talk at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill to mark the closing of On Fire, an exhibit co-curated by the Wilson Library’s Public Art Committee and Ann Stewart Fine Art of Chapel Hill. In 2002, Robert Adams, the inaugural First Book Prize judge, chose Schwarm for the prize based on these dramatic images of controlled agricultural burns in the Midwest; the book was published to wide acclaim by the Center for Documentary Studies and Duke University Press in 2003. Click here for more information on the book and a slideshow of images.

Thursday, May 22, 5–7 p.m.
5 p.m. Reception
5:45 p.m. Artist’s Talk
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
200 South Rd., Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Schwarm, Distinguished Professor of Photography at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, said in an artist’s statement that the photographs capture “the sublime and mystical character of the burning landscape, where images are at once both sensuous and menacing.”

The First Book Prize in Photography is awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Honickman Foundation; co-collaborators include Duke University Press, and Duke’s Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Library. 

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