First Book Prize

Video Available: Photographer Steven B. Smith on His Book “The Weather and a Place to Live”

Video Available: Photographer Steven B. Smith on His Book “The Weather and a Place to Live"

Interviews with all five winners of the biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography are available on the prize’s new website; here, 2004 winner Steven B. Smith talks with Maria Morris Hambourg, the founding curator of the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, about how the images of Southern California in The Weather and a Place […]


Video Available: Photographer Danny Wilcox Frazier On His Book “Driftless”

Video Available: Photographer Danny Wilcox Frazier On His Book “Driftless”

Interviews with all five winners of the biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography are available on the prize’s new website; here, 2006 winner Danny Wilcox Frazier talks about growing up in Iowa and going back to make the photographs in Driftless: Photographs from Iowa. Application information for the sixth biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition will […]


Video Available: Photographer Benjamin Lowy on His Book “Iraq | Perspectives”

Video Available: Photographer Benjamin Lowy on His Book "Iraq | Perspectives"

Interviews with all five winners of the biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography are available on the prize’s new website; here, 2010 winner Benjamin Lowy talks about his process for taking the photographs in Iraq | Perspectives, and viewers can listen to some of the conversations about editing the book. Lowy will be signing […]


CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Launches New Website

CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Launches New Website

The Center for Documentary Studies and The Honickman Foundation (THF), based in Philadelphia, co-sponsor a prestigious biennial prize for American photographers, the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, the only one of its kind. Winners of the prize receive a $3,000 grant, publication of a book of photography, and inclusion in the prize’s new website, […]


Benjamin Lowy’s iPhone Photographs of Libya

Benjamin Lowy's iPhone Photographs of Libya

Photojournalist Benjamin Lowy’s photographs of Libya, taken on his iPhone, are being featured on the MSNBC photoblog. Lowy is the winner of the 2010 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. His book Iraq | Perspectives will be published in fall 2011 by Duke University Press. Read the announcement about William Eggleston selecting Benjamin Lowy for […]


William Eggleston Selects Benjamin Lowy to Win First Book Prize in Photography

William Eggleston Selects Benjamin Lowy to Win First Book Prize in Photography

Benjamin Lowy, a war and feature photographer with Reportage by Getty Images, has won the fifth Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. Internationally renowned photographer William Eggleston judged the competition and chose Lowy to win the prize. He says, “Although I like the other photographers’ work, I felt that the Iraqi pictures […]


William Eggleston’s Memphis: Photographs by Joanna Welborn

William Eggleston’s Memphis: Photographs by Joanna Welborn

In fall 2008, photographer Joanna Welborn made portraits of William Eggleston at the offices of his archive in Memphis, Tennessee. Welborn joined her sister, Rebecca Bengal, who was researching a profile on Eggleston for New York Magazine, which ran on the occasion of Eggleston’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum. Welborn then spent time photographing throughout […]


2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2014, Nadia Sablin’s “Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and Ludmila

2016 First Book Prize in Photography Countdown Highlights Past Winners: From 2014, Nadia Sablin's "Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and Ludmila

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 […]


Video Available: Photographer Jennette Williams on Her Book “The Bathers”

Interviews with all five winners of the biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography are available on the prize’s new website; here, 2008 winner Jennette Williams talks about her process for taking the photographs in The Bathers. In addtion, Mary Ellen Mark, the judge of the 2008 competition, talks about how she selected Williams as the […]


William Eggleston to Judge 2010 CDS / Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

William Eggleston to Judge 2010 CDS / Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

William Eggleston to Judge 2010 CDS / Honickman First Book Prize in Photography The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University and The Honickman Foundation (THF), based in Philadelphia, co-sponsor this prestigious biennial prize for American photographers. The only prize of its kind, the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition is open to […]