Ben Lowy wins Honickman First Book Prize from CDS

Ben Lowy’s photographs taken in Iraq have won the prestigious Honickman First Book Prize, co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies and The Honickman Foundation.  The judge was photographer William Eggleston.   From the CDS press release:

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 made a better book.”

“Benjamin’s work is an opportunity to see as an American soldier sees when in Iraq—nobody’s ever shown that,” Eggleston says, “especially through night vision goggles.”

Benjamin Lowy will receive a grant of $3,000, publication of a book of photography, and inclusion in an online exhibition of prizewinners. William Eggleston will write an introduction for the book, Iraq / Perspectives, which will be published in Fall 2011 by Duke University Press in association with CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies. This collection of photographs made in Iraq over a six-year period will be Lowy’s first book.”   Read the complete press release here.

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