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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 […]


New Winter 2014 Issue of “Document” Available Online

New Winter 2014 Issue of “Document” Available Online

The quarterly publication Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. The latest issue is now available online; scroll down to view. Highlights in the Winter 2014 issue include work by Documentary Essay and Lange-Taylor prizewinners Rachel Andrews and Jen Kinney, remarks by Full Frame director Deirdre Haj, updates from John […]


“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, […]


Tom Rankin to Give Library of Congress Botkin Lecture on “One Place,” Wednesday, October 30

Tom Rankin to Give Library of Congress Botkin Lecture on "One Place," Wednesday, October 30

“‘I confine myself to the place I was born and raised,’ [Paul] Kwilecki once said, ‘not as an arbitrary discipline or to prove that subjects worthy of photographs exist everywhere and in abundance, though it is true that they do, but because Decatur County is home, and I know it from my special warp, having […]


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 […]


Last Chance to See “One Place” Locally: Exhibit Closes October 5

Last Chance to See "One Place" Locally: Exhibit Closes October 5

One Place, our exhibit of black-and-white photographs by self-taught artist Paul Kwilecki, is closing on October 5, 2013, after an extended run. The exhibit will be traveling next to the Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, Florida, and to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art at the University of New Orleans.  One Place: Paul Kwilecki […]


New Fall 2013 Issue of “Document” Available Online

New Fall 2013 Issue of "Document" Available Online

The latest issue of Document, the CDS quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. Highlights in the fall issue include an interview with new CDS director Wesley Hogan, exhibits by CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Gerard H. […]


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 […]


Upcoming Slideshows/Book Signings with “One Place” Editor Tom Rankin

Upcoming Slideshows/Book Signings with "One Place" Editor Tom Rankin

Tom Rankin, editor of the acclaimed One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia, will be speaking about the book at two upcoming events in the Triangle area. One Place was published in April by the Center for Documentary Studies in partnership with the University of North Carolina Press as part of […]


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 […]


CDS Extends “One Place” Run: Paul Kwilecki’s Black-and-White Photos from Decatur County, Georgia

CDS Extends "One Place" Run: Paul Kwilecki's Black-and-White Photos from Decatur County, Georgia

One Place, our exhibit of black-and-white photographs by self-taught artist Paul Kwilecki, has generated a lot of interest, so much so that we’ve extended its run into the fall, after which it will travel to the Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, Florida, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art at the University of […]


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 […]


Book and Exhibit: “One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia”

Book and Exhibit: "One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia"

“I am frequently asked by people who have not seen my work why I spend my life documenting one simple place like Decatur County, Georgia. People confuse simple with small; they’re not the same thing. There are no simple places or simple lives. . . . . Life [in Decatur County] is like life everywhere, and I […]


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 […]


Make a Short Doc with Help from “Visual Storytelling: The Digital Video Documentary,” a CDS E-Book

Make a Short Doc with Help from "Visual Storytelling: The Digital Video Documentary," a CDS E-Book

The Center for Documentary Studies’ first e-book, Visual Storytelling, is for anyone who wants to make a watchable short documentary using a consumer camcorder, digital SLR camera, or cell phone. Nancy Kalow, who has taught at CDS for twelve years and chairs the selection committee of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, has written a step-by-step […]


Summer 2013 Issue of “Document” Available Online

Summer 2013 Issue of "Document" Available Online

The latest issue of Document, the CDS quarterly newsletter, is now available online; Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. Highlights in the summer issue include an interview with outgoing CDS director Tom Rankin, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival award winners, a tribute to the […]


Celebration of “One Place”: Exhibit Reception, Talk, and Book Signing with Editor Tom Rankin, April 25

Celebration of "One Place": Exhibit Reception, Talk, and Book Signing with Editor Tom Rankin, April 25

Oxford American editor Roger Hodge calls the book “a masterpiece of documentary art.” Renowned photographer Alec Soth says it’s “an American classic.” An event celebrating the publication of One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia, will include a talk and signing by Center for Documentary Studies director Tom Rankin, […]


View Online: Special Spring 2013 Issue of “Document” Celebrates New Photo Books and Exhibits

View Online: Special Spring 2013 Issue of "Document" Celebrates New Photo Books and Exhibits

The spring 2013 issue of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ quarterly newsletter, Document, is now available to read and view online. This special issue celebrates the publication of two new photo books, with accompanying exhibits, from the Center for Documentary Studies: One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia will be published in April 2013 […]


Read Online: New Winter Issue of “Document,” CDS’s Quarterly Publication

Read Online: New Winter Issue of “Document,” CDS’s Quarterly Publication

The Winter 2013 issue of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ quarterly newsletter, Document, is now available to read online, featuring a look at our current exhibits—photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Campaign for Braddock Hospital and photographer Gordon Parks’s 1956 photo essay from Life magazine, The Restraints: Open and Hidden; information on the upcoming Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; an essay […]


Closing Reception for “In This Timeless Time,” and Author Presentation, at UNC–Chapel Hill, November 28 & 29

Closing Reception for "In This Timeless Time," and Author Presentation, at UNC–Chapel Hill, November 28 & 29

On September 1, 2012, through the fall semester, an exhibit featuring photographs from In This Timeless Time: Living & Dying on Death Row in America, an award-winning book by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian published by the Center for Documentary Studies and UNC Press, will be on view at UNC–Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study […]


Duke Visiting Artist Rob Amberg Presents His Work, Offers Free Doc Photography Workshops

Duke Visiting Artist Rob Amberg Presents His Work, Offers Free Doc Photography Workshops

Documentary photographer Rob Amberg will begin his residency as a 2012–2013 Duke University Visiting Artist with a presentation on his decades of living and working in Madison County, North Carolina, where he has chronicled the lives and stories of people in isolated mountain areas such as Sodom Laurel. His portraits of a changing culture reveal […]


Event at CDS for Acclaimed Book “Colors of Confinement,” Thursday, September 27

Event at CDS for Acclaimed Book "Colors of Confinement," Thursday, September 27

Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II showcases sixty-five stunning images from a rare collection of color images taken by Bill Manbo, an internee at a Japanese American internment camp in the early 1940s. On September 27, editor Eric L. Muller will give a presentation on the photos at the […]


“Coney Island 40 Years”: Artist’s Talk and Book Signing with Photographer Harvey Stein, Thursday, September 20

"Coney Island 40 Years": Artist's Talk and Book Signing with Photographer Harvey Stein, Thursday, September 20

Join us for an evening with renowned documentary photographer Harvey Stein, who will discuss the work in his most recent book, Coney Island 40 Years, and an exhibit of the same name (click link for slideshow) currently on view in the Kreps Gallery through October 27. A reception will precede the talk and book signing; the event is […]


Read Online: New Fall Issue of “Document,” CDS’s Quarterly Publication

Read Online: New Fall Issue of "Document," CDS's Quarterly Publication

Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. The fall 2012 issue of Document is now available to read online, featuring an in-depth interview with Eric Muller, editor of the acclaimed new CDS/UNC Press book, Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II; […]