Accepting Submissions for the 2014 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

Baby (painted black) walking for tens, Legends Ball, Brooklyn, 2000. Photograph by Gerard H. Gaskin.

“Baby (painted black) walking for tens, Legends Ball, Brooklyn, 2000.” Photograph by Gerard H. Gaskin, 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner, from “Legendary.”

“Picture books, books of photographs, are not being lost to the digital revolution; if anything they have become only more meaningful, more treasured.” —Sandra S. Phillips, 2014 First Book Prize judge.

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Honickman Foundation are pleased to announce the opening of the seventh biennial First Book Prize in Photography competition on June 15, 2014. Sandra S. Phillips, senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), will be this year’s prize judge; Joshua Chuang, chief curator of the Center for Creative Photography (CCP), will serve as selection panel judge. Read more about the 2014 judges on the new First Book Prize blog.

Submissions for the 2014 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography will be accepted from
June 15–September 22, 2014.* For information on how to apply, and to view galleries of past winners: firstbookprizephoto.com.

The prestigious prize is open to North American photographers of any age who have never had a book-length publication and honors work that is visually compelling, that bears witness, and that has integrity of purpose. Winners receive a grant of $3,000, publication of a book of photography, inclusion in an online exhibition of prizewinners, and a solo exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies; the photographs will then be placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library.

*There is a grace period through midnight (EST) on September 26, 2014, for applicants who have started their submissions before the September 22 deadline.

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