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On November 16, the day of her exhibition opening, artist’s talk, and book signing for Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation at Duke’s Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery, Lauren Pond was interviewed on WUNC’s The State of Things. You can listen in as Lauren speaks with host Frank Stasio about Test of Faith here.  

November 16, 2017, 5:30–7:30 p.m.: An opening event at Duke’s Rubenstein LibraryPhotography Gallery for the exhibition Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation that includes a reception, artist’s talk, and book signing.  In 2016, Lauren Pond was chosen by curator Peter Barberie of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to win the eighth biennial Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for her color series documenting, as […]

Wesley Hogan Director, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Deborah Jakubs Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs, Duke University Cordially invite you to an artist’s talk and reception for Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation Photographs and text by Lauren Pond Selected by Peter Barberie to win the 2016 […]

An article about Lauren Pond‘s photographs for Test of Faith came out yesterday by James McWilliams: “How Can Journalists Cross Cultural Divides in the Age of Trump?: Getting to Know a Pentecostal Snake Handler Might Provide an Answer.”  Excerpts follow: “Lauren Pond’s work suggests that the art of grasping genuine cultural difference—something that’s essential to effective […]

Looking at first round of printer’s proofs with photographer Lauren Pond and designer Amy Ruth Buchanan at Duke University Press. The book goes to the printer in August and will be available in November.  

Zarghona, In Her Own Words depicts the story of Zarghona, a mother of six and a true survivor. Her youngest son lost the use of his legs after a rocket exploded near him, and now she is his primary caregiver. While most of her children are married now, they still rely on her strength and […]

The area of the original thirteen colonies of the United State of America extends from Maine to Georgia and from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. Within this historic boundary, the American Revolution was staged and ideological notions of freedom and liberty were first developed. Since 2012, I have embarked on numerous trips through […]

Meandering 1600 km before connecting to the Amazon River, the Xingu River has been home to Brazil’s indigenous people for millennia. In 1961, the famous Brazilian activist and anthropologist trio the Villas-Bôas brothers succeeded in protecting the entire upper Xingu basin through the establishment of the first Indigenous Park in Brazil. Fifteen years later, under […]

Serpent in the Wilderness is an ongoing visual meditation on yoga. While this ancient Indian science has deep roots in Hindu mythology and doctrine, today it is mainstream, global and growing in popularity. In Sanskrit, the word “yoga” is used to signify connection or union and is associated with heightened awareness of oneself. It is […]

Yellowstone National Park is an iconic American landscape that helped to define national character in the 19th century and remains a place of wonder and the embodiment of landscape preservation as an ideal. In More Than Scenery: Yellowstone, an American Love Story I follow three threads of inquiry, a form of visual triangulation where each inquiry surveys […]

Early settlers imagined the New World as a pristine, uninhabited wilderness—a landscape of unparalleled beauty, magnitude, and possibility. Yet the driving impulse of expansion was rarely to commune with nature, but more often a desire to carve a garden from these wilds and create a new civilization, unique from all others. Lines began to be […]

Mother Love and the Reborn Doll explores the Reborn community, an international group of self-taught female artists who hand-make, collect, and interact with hyper-realistic dolls. Practitioners are divided principally into makers and collectors, who meet at annual conventions to buy and sell their work. Doll purchases are considered adoptions, and outside of the conventions take […]

Growing up in the California foothills, I was captivated by the Gold Rush ruins and historical marks left on the land. As an only child raised in a rural area, I spent much of my childhood alone, left with plenty of time to indulge in imaginative, fictional histories for these lost places that entranced me. […]

“We find ourselves at a moment when photo books are as important as ever, because they are concrete statements of artistic vision, essential counterweights in the ‘Ocean of Images’ that we swim through every day.” —Peter Barberie, judge, 2016 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Congratulations to Lauren Pond, a photographer based in Columbus, Ohio, who […]

We’ve had a lot of calls and emails about the deadline, so in response, we’ve decided to build in a little more time to help applicants get their entries in. The new deadline is September 22, 2016, by midnight, EST. There is then a seven-day grace period to complete entries for applicants who start their submissions before […]

“From the moment I started making the photographs that became Driftless, I said I was going to make a book. And it’s such a difficult thing to do. . . . I put that in front of me; it was my goal. When I look back it almost seems an insurmountable task, but I got […]

“I spent, probably a better part of my life learning how to take photographs, learning how to be a better photographer, and that doesn’t necessarily translate into designing a book, or knowing who to contact, or distributing, or any of that. Any of those multitude of things that you need to do to put a […]

“I respect the idea of the book and often re-read the photography books on my shelf. This award offers photographers a new way to share their work, their singular way of seeing, and encourages me to imagine what will follow. There is an absence of new voices in photography books; all of us need this […]

“A book lasts. It becomes something more. . . . A book, for photographers, is the ultimate legacy.”—Benjamin Lowy, winner, 2010 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography We only have a few more weeks in our countdown to the September 15 deadline for the 2016 First Book Prize competition. Whether you’re putting the final touches […]

“Certainly, a first book makes people take you much more seriously.”—Mary Ellen Mark, judge, 2008 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography There’s less than a month to go before entries are due for the First Book Prize. In the weeks preceding the deadline, we’re taking a look at past winners—photographers who have experienced the joy, and […]