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Deadline September 15th: CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

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Call for Entries: CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

Deadline: Monday, September 15, 2014, 11:59 pm EDT
Entry Fee: $70

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 North American and Canadian photographers of any age who have never published a book-length work and who use their cameras for creative exploration, whether it be of places, people, or communities; of the natural or social world; of beauty at large or the lack of it; of objective or subjective realities. The prize honors work that is visually compelling, that bears witness, and that has integrity of purpose.

Winners of the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography receive a grant of $3,000, publication of a book of photography, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of the prizewinners. The winner will also be given a solo exhibit at the Center for Documentary Studies and the photographs will then be placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library.

Judges
Sandra S. Phillips
, senior curator of photography at SFMOMA, will judge the seventh biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition in 2014.

Joshua Chuang, Chief Curator of the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, will serve as panel judge for the selection committee that chooses the semifinalists and finalists for the prize.

Eligibility
The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is open to North American citizens of any age who have yet to publish a book-length work, defined as a publication that focuses on the photographer’s work, contains more than 30 of the photographer’s images, and is sold through conventional book distribution channels.

The prize’s focus is on creating an opportunity for photographers who are engaged in the creation of a continued, active, and vital body of work to publish a first book. To this end, photographers who have a self-published, print-on-demand, or limited-edition book (with a print run of 100 copies or more) that is currently being promoted and sold on the Internet are not eligible for the award.

If you have self-published or been published in a limited edition, we require that you disclose this information in your artist’s statement and biography and send a copy of the publication. We additionally request that you submit an entirely new body of work for consideration or that no more than 5 images from the originally published body of work are included in the 40 images you submit.

Submission Guidelines
Submit applications and payment online to fbp.slideroom.com:

  • 40 photographs drawn from an ongoing or recently completed project, which represent a coherent body of work suitable for publication. At least twenty-five of these images must have been made within the last three years (from 2010 on). Those who have submitted work in a previous competition should be sure to include at least twenty new images in their application.
  • 1-page document with all 40 captions. Please include a separate caption list for all 40 images that provides information on where and when the picture was made.
  • 1-page artist’s statement. Provide context for the forty images, describe the larger body of work, including how long the project has been in progress, and how the photographs constitute a potential book.
  • 1-page biography or CV.”

For the full prospectus and to learn more about the prize visit: firstbookprizephoto.com.

June 15th, Culver City: Mitch Epstein in Conversation with James Welling

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Mitch Epstein in Conversation with James Welling Regarding New York Arbor
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 1:00-3:00 pm

Mitch Epstein‘s new work is a series of photographs of the idiosyncratic trees that inhabit New York City. These pictures underscore the importance of trees to urban life and their complex relationship to their human counterparts. Rooted in New York’s sidewalks, parks, and cemeteries, some trees grow wild, some are contortionists adapting to constrictive surroundings, while others are pruned into prize specimens. As urban development closes in on them, surprisingly, New York’s trees continue to thrive.

From 2011 to 2012, Epstein explored New York’s five boroughs in search of remarkable trees, often returning to photograph the same trees through the changing seasons and light. Many of these trees, Epstein learned, were planted in one context—a farm or nursery, for instance—and had survived to be part of another, a city street or public garden; and most will likely outlive us to find their habitat continue to change. The cumulative effect of these photographs is to invert people’s usual view of their city: trees no longer function as background, but instead dominate the human life and architecture around them.

In addition to our usual refreshments and a booksigning, we’ll be hosting a discussion between Mr. Epstein and his friend and esteemed colleague James Welling.”

ARCANA: BOOKS ON THE ARTS
@ The Historic Helms Bakery
8675 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232

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