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“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 […]

“Nadia Sablin’s elderly aunts pick pails full of blueberries and bowls of tiny strawberries in her series “Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and Ludmila,” but the images hold few other clues about when they were made—the life her subjects lead looks timeless. The photos were made in the house Sablin’s grandfather built in a […]

_psEmbed(“http://cdsporch.photoshelter.com”, “fallback=1”); “On a more tender note, Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and Ludmila, by Nadia Sablin (Duke University Press and the Center for Documentary Studies), is a book made out of pure love. Sablin, who lives in Brooklyn, visits her two elderly aunties every summer, capturing their simple, self-sufficient life in a wooden house […]

On November 11, the day before her exhibition opening, artist’s talk, and  book signing for Aunties at Duke’s Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery, Nadia Sablin was interviewed on WUNC’s The State of Things. You can listen in as Nadia speaks with host Frank Stasio here.  

November 12, 2015, 5:30–7:30 p.m.: An opening event at Duke’s Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery for the exhibition Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and Ludmila that includes a reception, artist’s talk, and book signing.  In 2014, Nadia Sablin was chosen by renowned curator and historian Sandra S. Phillips to win the seventh biennial Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for her color series […]

The Caribbean Review of Books has just published a wonderful review of 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Gerard H. Gaskin’s Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene. A must read—excerpted below. (To read an interview with Gaskin, click here.) “Today, the act of taking photographs is immediate. Digital devices have combined with forums for […]

Nadia Sablin’s Aunties on press at Four Colour Imports this week. We’re so excited to see the book!  

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 Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and Ludmila Photographs by Nadia Sablin Selected by Sandra S. Phillips to win […]

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to host a book discussion group organized by Duke Archive of Documentary Arts (ADA) curator Lisa McCarty on The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes. Those of you who are local—we hope you can attend! Tuesday, September 29, 6–7:30 p.m. Center for Documentary Studies […]