First Book Prize

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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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

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

“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 […]


Closing Event for “On Fire,” with First Book Prize in Photography Alum 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 […]


Watch Slideshow Interview: Gerard H. Gaskin on Winning the First Book Prize in Photography

Watch Slideshow Interview: Gerard H. Gaskin on Winning the First Book Prize in Photography

The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is a prestigious biennial prize awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Honickman Foundation. This video slideshow features an interview with the most recent First Book Prize winner, Gerard H. Gaskin, and images from his twenty-year project on the house ball scene. In the interview, Gaskin describes the project, the experience of […]


“Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene”: Exhibit and Book Features Gerard H. Gaskin’s Prizewinning Images

"Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene": Exhibit and Book Features Gerard H. Gaskin's Prizewinning Images

“Legendary allows us to bear witness to a group of people who are courageous enough to create their safe space. . . . In search of beauty, Gaskin’s photographs open our eyes to an extraordinary community of artists who are performing beauty.”—Deborah Willis, judge for the 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography In 2012, […]


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

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

In anticipation of next month’s publication of 2012 Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Gerard H. Gaskin’s Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene, we’re taking a look back at previous winners of this prestigious biennial prize, which offers, among other things, publication of a book of photography. This month, we’re featuring the […]


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

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

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 […]


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

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

In anticipation of the fall publication of 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Gerard H. Gaskin’s Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene, we’re taking a look back at previous winners of this prestigious biennial prize, which offers, among other things, publication of a book of photography. This month, it’s Jennette Williams, chosen as […]


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

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 and […]


2012 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2004, Steven B. Smith’s “The Weather and a Place to Live”

2012 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 and write an […]


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

First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Previous 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 and […]


Gerard H. Gaskin Wins 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

Gerard H. Gaskin Wins 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography judge Deborah Willis, the renowned curator, historian, and photographer, has chosen Gerard H. Gaskin to win the prize for his black-and-white and color photographs that document the African American and Latino house and ballroom community. Willis says that she found Gaskin’s photographs “innovative and spirited,” the images filled with both […]


Watch Interview: Photographer Ben Lowy and Dancer (and Photographer) Mikhail Baryshnikov

Watch Interview: Photographer Ben Lowy and Dancer (and Photographer) Mikhail Baryshnikov

In a recent episode of Reserve Channel‘s Capture with host Mark Seliger, 2010 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Benjamin Lowy is interviewed along with dancer and photographer Mikhail Baryshnikov. Seliger, a renowned portrait photographer, Lowy, and Baryshnikov talk about Lowy’s work in Iraq | Perspectives along with his war and iPhone photography and Baryshnikov explains his transition […]


Deadline for the 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Extended to September 22: Watch Video

Submissions will be accepted for the sixth biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography June 15, 2012, through September 22, 2012.* The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University and the Honickman Foundation co-sponsor this prestigious prize, the only one of its kind. The competition is open to American and Canadian citizens (and residents of the U.S. […]


CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Winner Benjamin Lowy Receives 2012 ICP Infinity Award

2010 First Book Prize winner Benjamin Lowy has won the prestigious 2012 ICP Infinity Award in photojournalism. ICP’s Infinity Awards were inaugurated in 1985 to bring public attention to outstanding achievements in photography by honoring individuals with distinguished careers in the field and by identifying future luminaries. Founded in 1974, the International Center of Photography  is […]


Video Available: Photographer Larry Schwarm on His Book “On Fire”

Video Available: Photographer Larry Schwarm on His Book "On Fire"

Interviews with all five winners of the biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography are available on the prize’s new website; here, 2002 winner Larry Schwarm talks about his book On Fire, and how he tried to make the photographs of fires look the way they felt. Application information for the sixth biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition will […]