The Center for Documentary Studies has announced that internationally renowned color photographer William Eggleston will be the next judge for the prestigious CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography.
"William Eggleston brings to the First Book Prize his singular vision on the ordinary, his democratic view of the everyday," said Tom Rankin, director of the Center for Documentary Studies. "We could have no one better to locate the next great American photography book than him, no one more acute in seeing the brilliant fibers of the ever-present."
The biennial Center for Documentary
Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition is open
to 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.
The winning photographer receives a grant of $3,000, publication of a book of photography, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. The judge also writes the introduction for the book, which is published by Duke University Press in association with CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies. Previous winners are Jennette Williams, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Steven B. Smith, and Larry Schwarm.
Submissions for the 2010 competition will be accepted from June 15 to September 8, 2010.
Image: Cover of William
Eggleston's 2 1/4, Twin Palms Publishers, 2008