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We were thrilled with the entries we received in 2016.

“What is so gratifying about this prize, to me, is that every single entrant’s work is seen and carefully evaluated by a screening panel who represent the ‘best’ of the photographic universe: And because it is ‘seen,’ whether win, lose, or draw, that work is often moved forward. This journey has a great rippling effect.”Lynne Honickman

Lauren Pond is the 2016 winner of the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for Test of Faith.

The finalists for the prize, whose work will be featured on the First Book Prize in Photography blog in the coming weeks, were Cody Bratt, Jamie Diamond, Joshua Dudley Greer, Gloriann Liu, Janet Pritchard, Andy Richter, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, and Keith Yahrling.

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A strong, serious community of photographers, editors, curators, and publishers reviewed the work.

Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was the judge of the eighth biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition in 2016.

This year’s Selection Panel Judge was Melissa Harris, editor-in-chief of the Aperture Foundation. Over the years, the Panel Judges for the award’s selection committee have been among the most esteemed members of the photographic community, Bill Burke, Joshua Chuang, Stacey D. Clarkson, Jim Dow, Taj Forer, John McWilliams, William Noland, Pamela Pecchio, and Hank Willis Thomas.

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 also receives a solo exhibit and the photographs are then placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library.

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Peter Barberie is the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2014, Barberie organized the exhibition Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography, an in-depth retrospective of Strand’s photography and films; the exhibition will travel to Fotomuseum Winterthur (March 2015); Mapfre Foundation, Madrid (June 2015); and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (March 2016). In 2012, he organized the exhibition Zoe Strauss: Ten Years, a major mid-career survey of Strauss’s photography. His publications include Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography (2014), Zoe Strauss: Ten Years (2012), Looking at Atget (2005), and Dreaming in Black and White: Photography at the Julien Levy Gallery (co-authored with Katherine Ware, 2006). He also contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue Charles Marville, Photographer of Paris (edited by Sarah Kennel and published by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, with the University of Chicago Press, 2013).

Melissa Harris is editor-in-chief of Aperture Foundation. She was editor-in-chief of Aperture magazine for over ten years, up until 2012; has edited over fifty books; and has curated photography exhibits at venues including Aperture Gallery; Visa Pour l’Image, Perpignan, France; Philadelphia Museum of Art; ICA and DiverseWorks, Houston; Villa Pignatelli, Naples; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; and Milano Triennale. A contributing editor of Interview, Harris teaches variously at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Yale University, and New York University’s Tisch Photography and Imaging department. She served on New York City’s Community Board 5, and is currently on the board of LOOK3, and a trustee of the John Cage Trust.

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