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Your Chance to Be Legendary

Just one week to go! For your chance to be Legendaryenter the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition. The deadline is September 15. TO ENTER

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From “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene” (2013, CDS Books and Duke University Press), photographs by Gerard H. Gaskin, 2012 First Book Prize in Photography winner. “A lovingly devised coffee table book, winner of a now well-established photography prize, Legendary, welcomes you into a fabulous world. This hall of mirrors is akin to the dazzling Emerald City of ‘somewhere over the rainbow’ fame.”—Kay Bourne, Edge

So many good things can happen as a result . . . including exhibitions, public events, and lots of press. The Legendary solo exhibit has been seen at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Light Work, W New York, and Photoville. A major solo exhibition of Gerard H. Gaskin’s photographs will be on view at the African American Museum in Philadelphia from May 7 to August 16, 2015.

“Carrie Mae Weems LIVE” at the Guggenheim, April 2014: Panelists for “Written on Skin: Posing Questions on Beauty,” a conversation led by author, curator, educator, and photographer Deborah Willis featuring writer Michaela Angela Davis, artist Awol Erizku, photographer Gerard H. Gaskin, art educator Sandra Jackson-Dumont, writer Maaza Mengiste, and Duke professor Richard J. Powell

Read “Real Legends” in Interview magazine and “Making Ordinary Legendary” with Sean Drakes.

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Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University and The Honickman Foundation (THF), based in Philadelphia, co-sponsor this prestigious biennial prize. The only prize of its kind, the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition is open to North American 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 receive a solo exhibit; the photographs will then be placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library.

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