Monday seems like a good time for a quick round up. Read more for the winners of the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize; a call for entries for the First Book Prize, which will be judged by William Egglestone; your chance to vote for the Public Choice in the Association of Photographers (AOP) Open which is now online – this year there were over 1300 entries from around the world; and finally, a call for the Open Portfolio Paris where those selected show get to show their work directly to the public.
LANGE-TAYLOR PRIZE 2010
The winners of the twentieth Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University are photographers Tiana Markova-Gold and writer Sarah Dohrmann, both Americans.
“The $20,000 award is given to encourage collaboration in documentary work in the tradition of acclaimed American photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor. Lange and Taylor worked together for many years, most notably on fieldwork that resulted in American Exodus (1941), a seminal work in documentary studies.
“Tiana Markova-Gold and Sarah Dohrmann’s project, If You Smoke Cigarettes in Public, You Are a Prostitute: Women and Prostitution in Morocco, is an investigation of female prostitution in Morocco and the experiences of two American non-Muslim women documenting women’s lives in a country where pre-marital virginity is considered sacred. With their project, they “seek to dismantle Americans’ preconceived notions of the prostitute as sexual deviant and the hijabed woman as ‘exotic’” and examine the negotiation of relationships “between the prostitute and the society she lives in, between the artist and the subject, between non-Muslim and Muslim women, between women.”
“Markova-Gold and Dohrmann plan to spend three months in Morocco, living with and documenting the lives of sex workers whose clients are not sex tourists, but are instead fellow Moroccan men…Of their collaboration, they say that together they “gain a different kind of access—one that allows for the cultivation of deep and nuanced relationships, resulting in a complex holistic story. By delving into the lives of Moroccan women who are working as prostitutes, and by honestly and unflinchingly answering to [our] roles as documentarians, [we] hope to reveal greater human truths about sexuality, empowerment, and choices.”
Tiana Markova-Gold is a freelance documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography in 2007, where she received a New York Times Scholarship.
Sarah Dohrmann was born and raised in Iowa, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has a degree from the Graduate Writing Program in Fiction at Sarah Lawrence College, has been a writer-in-residence with Teachers & Writers Collaborative since 2001, and has taught writing in Special Programs at Sarah Lawrence College since 2003. She was a 2007–08 Fulbright Fellow of the Arts in Morocco, where she lived for fifteen months, and a 2009 Fellow in Nonfiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
An honorable mention was awarded to writer Chris Urquhart and photographer Kitra Cahana for their project The Rainbow Kids, an in-depth look at nomadic youth in North America. Their first encounter with these roaming children and teenagers was in 2009 at a National Rainbow Family Gathering in New Mexico. “The Gathering is home to a myriad of colorful characters and subcultures, including nudists, raw foodists, Christian missionaries, and ex-convicts,” they write. “We discovered that these ‘family functions’ also act as an important home base for many homeless children and teenagers—a place where free food, shelter, and familial support are doled out liberally, and where every outcast is accepted. Smaller gatherings are held throughout the year at different locations, and many young people make a career out of hitchhiking to all of them; they live on the streets between events.”
CDS/Honickman FIRST BOOK PRIZE
The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University and The Honickman Foundation (THF), based in Philadelphia, co-sponsor the First Book Prize – a biennial prize for American photographers.
The judge (2010) for the fifth prize is William Eggleston. The judge also writes the introduction for the book, which will be published by Duke University Press in association with CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies.
“The only prize of its kind, the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize 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 will honor work that is visually compelling, that bears witness, and that has integrity of purpose.
“American photographers who are pursuing work of creative or social importance have too few opportunities for support and recognition. This is especially true when photographers are engaged in personal or in-depth projects that do not have direct commercial appeal. While there are other sources for grants and fellowships in photography, the chance to see a body of work in print, as a coherent book-length work, is rare. Concerned about this problem and recognizing their shared interests, CDS and THF came together to create this important book-publication prize.”
For full details and guidelines, visit the CDS website for the First Book prize Overview.
A grant of $3,000, publication of a book of photography, and inclusion in a Web site devoted to presenting the work of winners of the prize. The book will be published in autumn 2011.
A panel of photographers and editors will review all submissions and select 12 to 25 finalists by 15 November.
Finalists will be asked to submit ten sample prints from the body of their submitted work for the judge’s review. The winner will be publicly announced in January 2011.
AOP OPEN NOW ONLINE – CAST YOUR VOTE
If you want your vote to count, you can go to the 2010 AOP Open exhibition where you can vote for your favourite image to win the Public Choice Award. You have until 1pm on Thursday 19 August. Everyone who takes part in the Public Vote will be entered into a prize draw to win a collection of photography books.
“The AOP Open is the only photography competition in which established professionals and occasional snappers compete on equal terms. Each year professional photographers, assistants, students and amateurs battle it out to be selected for the exhibition at the AOP Gallery. There are no categories or themes in this competition – its aim is to showcase outstanding individual images – so the choice of work submitted is entirely up to the photographer.
“The Open is judged each year by a panel of respected industry professionals. This year’s panel included Karin Berndl – 2009 AOP Photographer of the Year; Daniel Campbell Blight – Director, HotShoe Gallery; Martin Brent – award-winning Photographer and ex-AOP President; Grant Scott – Group Brand Editor Imaging, Professional Photographer & Photography Monthly; and the renowned music and fashion photographer, Peter Ashworth.
Best in Show and Judge’s Choice awards will be announced with the Public Choice Award at a Gala Presentation evening on Thursday 19 August. The Best in Show and Public Choice winners will both win a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet.
The Open 2010 Exhibition will be on show at the AOP Gallery in Shoreditch, London for four weeks from 17 August to 9 September.
OPEN PORTFOLIO PARIS – CALL FOR ARTISTS
There’s an unusual call for artists for the upcoming exhibitions, Open Portfolio Paris & PooL Art Fair Miami. Open Portfolio is the format whereby “selected artists bring portfolios, computers and original artworks to present to the public directly. The artists do no have a booth or a hotel room. Instead, they show their work on tables set up as a large salon”.
Location is to be confirmed.
Open Portfolio Paris runs from 21-24 October is presented by the heart galerie,Paris and is produced by Frere Independent “a not-for-profit organization whose aim is to provide widespread visibility to artists… The focus is on digital and video art, as well as outstanding artists that do not have gallery representation… Pool is an artists’ fair for artists by artists. DiVA is reserved for galleries that show a clear interest in promoting and distributing video and digital art.”
Visit Open Portfolio Paris
Call: France +33 (0) 1 48 07 22 92 or US +1 (212) 604 0519. The application form only seems to be available in French as is the Open Portfolio website.