Awards

2017 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography Deadline Now March 1

2017 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography Deadline Now March 1

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years: one year, photos; one year, writing. The focus is on current or recently completed work (within the last two years) from a long-term project—fifteen images; fifteen to twenty pages of writing. The upcoming prize competition will be for writing. The […]


Steven M. Cozart Wins 2016 Lange-Taylor Prize for “The Pass/Fail Series”

Steven M. Cozart Wins 2016 Lange-Taylor Prize for "The Pass/Fail Series"

The Center for Documentary Studies has awarded the twenty-fourth Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize to American artist, illustrator, and documentarian Steven M. Cozart. His winning proposal, The Pass/Fail Series, primarily explores colorism within the African American community. The $10,000 prize is given to encourage documentary work in the tradition of acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer […]


Funding Opportunity for Documentary Fieldwork Available to Triangle-Area Undergraduates

Funding Opportunity for Documentary Fieldwork Available to Triangle-Area Undergraduates

Established in 1989 by the Center for Documentary Studies, the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards are named for the noted scholar John Hope Franklin, the late professor emeritus of history at Duke University, in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments and his dedication to students and teaching. CDS makes these awards to undergraduates attending North Carolina’s Triangle-area […]


September 22: Submission Deadline Extended for the 2016 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

September 22: Submission Deadline Extended for the 2016 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

“We find ourselves at a moment when photo books are as important as ever, because they are concrete statements of artistic vision, essential counterweights in the ‘Ocean of Images’ that we swim through every day.” —Peter Barberie, 2016 First Book Prize judge The Center for Documentary Studies and the Honickman Foundation are pleased to announce the […]


2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2012, Gerard H. Gaskin’s “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene”

2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2012, Gerard H. Gaskin's "Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene"

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a biennial prize that offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. Each year a significant and innovative artist, curator, or writer in photography is chosen to judge the prize […]


2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2010, Benjamin Lowy’s “Iraq | Perspectives”

2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2010, Benjamin Lowy's "Iraq | Perspectives"

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a biennial prize that offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. Each year a significant and innovative artist, curator, or writer in photography is chosen to judge the prize […]


2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2006, Danny Wilcox Frazier’s “Driftless: Photographs from Iowa”

2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2006, Danny Wilcox Frazier's "Driftless: Photographs from Iowa"

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a biennial prize that offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. Each year a significant and innovative artist, curator, or writer in photography is chosen to judge the prize […]


2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2008, Jennette Williams’ “The Bathers”

2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2008, Jennette Williams' "The Bathers"

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a biennial prize that offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. Each year a significant and innovative artist, curator, or writer in photography is chosen to judge the prize […]


2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2004, Steven B. Smith’s “The Weather and a Place to Live”

2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2004, Steven B. Smith’s “The Weather and a Place to Live”

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a biennial prize that offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. Each year a significant and innovative artist, curator, or writer in photography is chosen to judge the prize […]


2016 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award Winners

2016 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award Winners

Five undergraduates from local universities pursued summerlong documentary projects as recipients of the 2016 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards. While many of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ awards are national or international in focus, the John Hope Franklin awards go to Triangle-area undergraduates who wish to pursue projects involving oral history, photography, film or video, and/or writing. Established by […]


2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2002, Larry Schwarm’s “On Fire”

2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2002, Larry Schwarm's "On Fire"

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a biennial prize that offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. Each year a significant and innovative artist, curator, or writer in photography is chosen to judge the prize […]


Jessica Eve Rattner Wins CDS Prize for “House of Charm” Photo Essay

Jessica Eve Rattner Wins CDS Prize for "House of Charm" Photo Essay

“I have long been interested in our culture’s ideas of beauty, happiness, and mental health—especially as they relate to women. Who decides who is ‘crazy’ and who is ‘sane’?”—CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Jessica Eve Rattner For ten years, American photographer Jessica Eve Rattner has been creating an ongoing portrait of Lee, Rattner’s eighty-year-old neighbor in […]


Triangle-Area Undergrads: Apply by February 15 for Summer Documentary Fieldwork Awards

Triangle-Area Undergrads: Apply by February 15 for Summer Documentary Fieldwork Awards

Established in 1990 by the Center for Documentary Studies, the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards go to undergraduates attending North Carolina’s Triangle-area universities to help them conduct intensive summer-long documentary fieldwork projects, for which they receive up to $2,000. The awards are named for revered scholar John Hope Franklin, the late professor emeritus of history at Duke […]


2016 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography Deadline Now February 23

2016 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography Deadline Now February 23

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize is awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies to honor the best in documentary writing and photography in alternating years, with a focus on current or recently completed work from a long-term project. The 2016 CDS Documentary Essay Prize will be for documentary photography. The winner of the competition will receive $3,000 […]


Enjoy Prizewinning “Aunties,” On View at the Rubenstein Photography Gallery

Enjoy Prizewinning "Aunties," On View at the Rubenstein Photography Gallery

Through February 28, 2016: An exhibition of Nadia Sablin’s photographs, Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and Ludmila, is on view at the Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery, Duke University. A book of the same name was published in November 2015 by Duke University Press and CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies. In 2014, Nadia Sablin was chosen by renowned […]


Nadia Sablin Wins CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for Her Color Series “Aunties”

Nadia Sablin Wins CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for Her Color Series "Aunties"

Freelance photographer Nadia Sablin was chosen by renowned curator and historian Sandra S. Phillips to win the seventh biennial Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for her color series Aunties. The images document, as Sablin writes, “the lives of my aunts who live in Northwest Russia. Alevtina and Ludmila are in their seventies but carry on the traditional Russian […]


Michel Huneault Wins 2015 Lange-Taylor Prize for “Post Mégantic”

Michel Huneault Wins 2015 Lange-Taylor Prize for “Post Mégantic”

My collaborations with people in Mégantic echo through the work, which has become an active fragment of evolving collective memory. . . . —Michel Huneault on his prizewinning project  The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University has awarded the twenty-third Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize to Canadian documentary photographer Michel Huneault for Post Mégantic, his project […]


Abbie Gascho Landis Awarded 2015 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

Abbie Gascho Landis Awarded 2015 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

By now I have become a freshwater mussel groupie. I fawn over photographs. . . . I stalk them from a distance, writing their names in my notebooks: fatmucket, pistolgrip, heelsplitter, shinyrayed pocketbook, spectaclecase, pigtoe, snufflebox. I pore over their bios. Posters of mussels hang in our bedroom. —Abbie Gascho Landis, from her prizewinning essay […]


2015 John Hope Franklin Award Winners Immerse Themselves in Summer-Long Documentary Projects

2015 John Hope Franklin Award Winners Immerse Themselves in Summer-Long Documentary Projects

And they’re off….six undergraduates and recent graduates from local universities will be pursuing summerlong documentary projects as recipients of the 2015 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards. While many of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ awards are national or international in focus, the John Hope Franklin awards go to Triangle-area undergraduates who wish to pursue projects involving oral […]


Deadline Extended to March 2 for CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

Deadline Extended to March 2 for CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize is awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies to honor the best in documentary writing and photography in alternating years, with a focus on current or recently completed work from a long-term project. The 2015 CDS Documentary Essay Prize will be for documentary writing. The winner of the competition will receive $3,000 […]


Triangle-Area Undergrads: Apply During February 2015 for Student Documentary Awards

Triangle-Area Undergrads: Apply During February 2015 for Student Documentary Awards

Established in 1990 by the Center for Documentary Studies, the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards go to undergraduates attending North Carolina’s Triangle-area universities to help them conduct intensive summer-long documentary fieldwork projects, for which they receive up to $2,000. The awards are named for revered scholar John Hope Franklin, the late professor emeritus of history at Duke […]


October 30: Opening for “City Under One Roof,” Jen Kinney’s Lange-Taylor Prizewinning Project

October 30: Opening for "City Under One Roof," Jen Kinney's Lange-Taylor Prizewinning Project

“The City of Whittier is a world entire. The great myth of Alaska—harsh but rewarding, distant, lawless, primal, pristine—is alive here in funhouse distortion. The town occupies a crescent moon of shoreline, ringed in mountains and bordered by the sea.” —Jen Kinney, from City Under One Roof On October 30, the Center for Documentary Studies will host […]


Jon Lowenstein Wins 2014 Lange-Taylor Prize for “South Side”

Jon Lowenstein Wins 2014 Lange-Taylor Prize for "South Side"

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University has awarded the twenty-second Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize to American photographer, filmmaker, and writer Jon Lowenstein for South Side, his testimony to the Chicago neighborhood where he has lived and worked for over a decade. The $10,000 award is given to encourage documentary work in the tradition of acclaimed photographer Dorothea […]


Deadline Extended to September 22 for CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

Deadline Extended to September 22 for CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

Submissions for the seventh CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition will now be accepted through September 22, 2014, a one-week extension.* The prestigious biennial prize is awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Honickman Foundation. Sandra S. Phillips, senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is this […]