The Center for Documentary Studies is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize.

For nearly twenty-five years this annual competition has provided money to ‘encourage collaboration between documentary writers and photographers in the tradition of acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor’. 

The duo published a seminal book ‘An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion‘ in 1939 that stands as one of the most iconic representations of an era in American culture before the transformative years of World War II. Complete with some of the most remarkable images of the bleak poverty brought on by the Great Depression, the work served as a model for socially conscious photographers and writers ever since. 

The Center for Documentary Studies is part of Duke University and one of the few entities that is ‘dedicated solely to the rich legacy and continuing practice of the documentary tradition of the American experience’. 

The winner of the prize will receive $10,000 and a solo show at the CDS. They’ll also be included in theArchive of Documentary Arts at Duke University’s Rubenstein Library. 

New guidelines for the competition allow for the ‘writing’ portion of the project to be presented as traditional writing or as audio or in graphic novel format and it’s no longer required that a photographer collaborate with a separate writer for the project. Single artists or collaborative teams are encouraged to apply. 

Deadline for submission is May 7. 

This entry was posted by Mica Photo.

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