Awards

Duke and UNC Welcome Filmmaker Marco Williams as the 2014–15 Lehman Brady Visiting Professor

Duke and UNC Welcome Filmmaker Marco Williams as the 2014–15 Lehman Brady Visiting Professor

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University is honored to host acclaimed filmmaker and film educator Marco Williams on the Duke and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campuses as the 2014–15 Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies. CDS coordinates the cross-campus collaboration, which brings distinguished practitioners and scholars of the documentary arts to […]


Latvian Photographer Iveta Vaivode’s Prizewinning Essay

Latvian Photographer Iveta Vaivode's Prizewinning Essay

“The ambivalence of photographs, their possibilities and limitations, suggest that we should not trust images as records of our lives and histories.”—CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Iveta Vaivode In her photo essay “Somewhere on a Disappearing Path,” Iveta Vaivode seeks to create a new family album, one full of images of imagined memories. The compelling, unique […]


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 […]


Words + Images: Deadline for Lange-Taylor Prize Extended to May 14

The Lange-Taylor Prize, re-launched in 2013 by the Center for Documentary Studies, supports documentary artists—working alone or in teams—who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation of their work. The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 14, […]


Darius Clark Monroe Wins 2014 CDS Filmmaker Award at Full Frame Festival

Darius Clark Monroe Wins 2014 CDS Filmmaker Award at Full Frame Festival

The CDS Filmmaker Award was among ten awards given to films screening in competition at the seventeenth annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April 2014; the $7,500 prize honors and supports documentary filmmakers whose works are potential catalysts for education and change, who best connect the power of the documentary tradition with community life, and […]


CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Rachel Andrews on Ireland’s Maze Prison, April 16

CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Rachel Andrews on Ireland's Maze Prison,  April 16

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years. On April 16, the Center for Documentary Studies will host the winner of the inaugural 2013 prize competition, Irish writer Rachel Andrews, for a public presentation with photographer Dara McGrath on documenting the demolition of Ireland’s Maze Prison complex, the subject of Andrews’ prizewinning essay,”A New Wilderness […]


Deadline Extended for 2014 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography: March 1

Deadline Extended for 2014 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography: March 1

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors 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 2014 CDS Documentary Essay Prize will be for documentary photography. The winner of the competition will receive $3,000 and have his or her work featured in […]


Event Celebrates Duke/CDS Alum Eric Gottesman’s First Photo Book, “Sudden Flowers”

Event Celebrates Duke/CDS Alum Eric Gottesman's First Photo Book, "Sudden Flowers"

On February 26, the Center for Documentary Studies is delighted to host the U.S. launch of Duke University/CDS alum (’98) Eric Gottesman’s first book, Sudden Flowers. Since 1999, when he was a fellow with Duke’s Hart Leadership Program, Gottesman has collaborated with Sudden Flowers, a collective of children living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—mostly AIDS orphans—to reimagine the harsh realities they experienced […]


Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Accepting Applications for 2014 Garrett Scott Grants

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Accepting Applications for 2014 Garrett Scott Grants

Now in its eighth year, the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant funds first-time documentary filmmakers for travel and accommodations at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (April 3–6, 2014). For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes, and be mentored by experienced filmmakers. Two filmmakers will be chosen for […]


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 […]


Photographer/Writer Jen Kinney Wins 2013 Lange-Taylor Prize

Photographer/Writer Jen Kinney Wins 2013 Lange-Taylor Prize

The Center for Documentary Studies has awarded the twenty-first Lange–Taylor Prize to American photographer and writer Jen Kinney for “City Under One Roof,” her ongoing project in Whittier, Alaska. Whittier is a tiny town on Alaska’s Prince William Sound that is only accessible by land through the longest rail and highway tunnel in North America, where […]


“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 […]


Irish Writer Rachel Andrews Wins Inaugural CDS Documentary Essay Prize Competition

Irish Writer Rachel Andrews Wins Inaugural CDS Documentary Essay Prize Competition

The new CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years. The 2013 inaugural prize competition was awarded in writing and went to Cork City, Ireland–based writer and cultural critic Rachel Andrews for her essay “A New Wilderness at the Maze,” in which she explores the meaning of the demolition […]


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 […]


2013 John Hope Franklin Award Winners Immerse Themselves in Summer-Long Documentary Projects

2013 John Hope Franklin Award Winners Immerse Themselves in Summer-Long Documentary Projects

And they’re off….three undergrads from local universities will be pursuing summer-long documentary projects as recipients of the 2013 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, […]


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 […]


2012 John Hope Franklin Award Winner Returns to Germany to Complete Documentary Film

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, David Mayer, a recipient of a 2012 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award for his documentary film on the life of his grandfather during World War II, will be traveling back to Germany this summer to continue working on the project. David’s film is a personal and intimate retelling of […]


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 […]


2013 Julia Harper Day Award Winner: Hannah Scott

2013 Julia Harper Day Award Winner: Hannah Scott

The Julia Harper Day Award was created by the Center for Documentary Studies in 1992 in memory of the young woman who was CDS’s first staff member, a writer and photographer of real accomplishment. This $500 award goes to a graduating Duke University senior who has demonstrated excellence in documentary studies and contributed significantly to […]


CDS Relaunches Lange-Taylor Prize; Deadline Extended to May 7, 2013

CDS Relaunches Lange-Taylor Prize; Deadline Extended to May 7, 2013

The Center for Documentary Studies is proud to re-launch the Lange-Taylor Prize, which supports documentary artists—working alone or in teams—who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation of their work. The updated guidelines expand […]