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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 […]

Our countdown to the September 15 deadline for the 2016 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography continues! (Click here to learn more about entering the competition.) For those of you elbow deep in your application materials, we’re continuing our series on past winners and the judges who selected them—hopefully you’ll find some guidance and motivation in their stories! […]

We’re back with the second part of our countdown series on past CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winners. We’ll be highlighting a different past winner, and the all-star judge who selected them, each week until the September 15 deadline—which is now just over a month away! Time to get those applications in! (Click here […]

We’re less than two months out from the 2016 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography submission deadline! (Click here to learn more about entering the competition.) In the weeks leading up to the September 15 deadline, we’re taking a look back at previous winners. Winners of the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography receive a grant of […]

“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, 2016 First Book Prize judge Submissions for the 2016 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography will be accepted […]

Please stop by our table and say hello! Nadia Sablin will be available to sign copies of Aunties. April 1 and 2, 2016, at The Annex on Filbert. And don’t miss the By the Book exhibition, featuring Nadia’s prints and book, at the Print Center at 1614 Latimer Street.  

Benjamin Lowy, who was selected by William Eggleston to win the 2010 First Book Prize in Photography for Iraq | Perspectives, has taken new photographs of NCAA championship wrestlers after their matches. “The only times the wrestlers seemed to smile, or even speak, were in the minutes immediately after a victory, when they were approached by […]

Every picture tells a story. Check out this feature on Nadia Sablin’s Aunties—“Sisterly Love and Tradition in a Remote Russian Village.” For instance, for “Two-Handed Saw, 2014,” Nadia Sablin shared the following with ABC News: “Most of the neighbors have switched to power tools to run their households, the buzz of chain saws and weed-whackers overpowering the […]

Aunties: Nadia Sablin is on exhibit at Northlight Gallery in Tempe, Arizona, through March 5. Not to be missed! Northlight Gallery curator Liz Allen says, “We are thrilled to feature the work of ASU alumni during the first year in our new space at Grant Street Studios. Nadia’s project caught my attention while she was […]

Nadia Sablin‘s Aunties is part of an exhibition at Philadelphia’s Print Center titled By the Book: Recent Photography Publications, which also features books and photographs by Keliy Anderson-Staley, Jesse Burke, Stephania Bursese, David Hartt, Justine Kurland, Andrea Modica, and Will Steacy. The exhibit is on view from February 5–April 23, 2016. “Motivated by a booming interest in photo […]