DEADLINE: MAY 22, 2017 (11:59 PM EST)

The Archive of Documentary Arts is committed to diversifying its collection in order to better reflect the multitude of viewpoints and communities from which work is being made in the documentary arts today. To this end, the ADA offers the following collection awards to acquire new work in 2017.

Selected photographers will receive an honorarium to print a body of work which will be acquired by the Archive of Documentary Arts and added to our collection. Selected work will be preserved in the non-circulating collections at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, and available for use by students, faculty, and independent researchers. The ADA also promotes collection material through exhibition and a variety of public programs.

Eligibility:

-Applicants should not be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of submission

-Applicant may not be an employee of Duke University

-Applicants are not eligible if their work is already held in the collections of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University

-Applicants may submit a maximum of one entry per award category

Selected photographers will be notified by June 15, 2017 and must be prepared to deliver finished archival prints and accompanying information about the body of work as specified by the ADA Curator by August 15, 2017.

Application best practices:

-FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS IN THE APPLICATION EXACTLY! INCOMPLETE OR INCORRECLY SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

-The online submission form will not save your work on the application in-progress

-Written responses should be crafted in a word processing application and then pasted into the online form

-The online portfolio should reflect the exact images you are proposing for acquisition

-The ADA is only able to view links to your portfolio online. If your work is not posted online you will need to create a basic web page or gallery for the exact images you are proposing for acquisition. This web page or web gallery can be hosted from your personal website or through providers such as Tumblr, WordPress, PhotoShelter, ect. Alternatively, you may share your portfolio via Dropbox however the link must stay active until June 15.

-Photographers may submit to all the categories they are eligible for, but may only submit one entry per category

-Please note, the deadline for this award is Monday, May 22, at 11:59pm. The ADA operates between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and will not be able to field questions about the application submitted on weekends or after 5:00pm. Please submit your questions about the application far in advance of the deadline as it may take us a few days to respond to your query.

APPLICATION FAQ's

Question: Can you tell me what you're asking for and looking for with the "Statement of interest in the Archive of Documentary Arts" question in the application?

Answer: We mainly want to know why each photographer is interested in having their work in the Archive of Documentary Arts specifically. Of course the honorarium is a reason and it’s great to have one’s work collected, but why at Duke, and in the Library specifically, and in the context of a “Documentary Archive.” Some submissions address why their work is a good fit for our Collection based on research of our holdings, some submissions address why a library archive is THE place where their work should live in perpetuity, or how its meaningful to have their work in the same archive as Photographer XYZ ect. These are just examples however and you can answer any way you like!

Question: Is the honorarium for each category the total sum for which you’d like to buy the 20-40 pictures, or is there additional payment for the acquisition itself? 

Answer: The $4500 is considered an honorarium for the artist and it is also the compensation for the 20-40 pictures. There is not an additional sum awarded for the acquisition. We realize the amount is not equal to the market price that one might sell individual prints in a gallery for, however the honorarium should cover the production of the portfolio of prints if the prints were not already available. We do however cover the cost of shipping the work to the Library. We also ask artists to consider the significant commitment we make to your work upon acquisition. The Library will house, catalog, maintain, and make your work available to the general public in perpituity. 

Award for Women Documentarians - APPLY HERE

Women documentarians are invited to submit a completed photographic body of work between 20-40 images to be acquired by the ADA. An honorarium of $4500.00 will be awarded to the selected photographer.


Award for Documentarians of Color - APPLY HERE

Documentarians who identify as a person of color are invited to submit a completed photographic body of work between 20-40 images to be acquired by the ADA.  An honorarium of $4500.00 will be awarded to the selected photographer.


Award for Documentarians of the American South - APPLY HERE

Photographers who are engaged in a project which documents the people, culture, or environs of the southern* United States are invited to submit a completed photographic body of work between 20-40 images to be acquired by the ADA. An honorarium of $4500.00 will be awarded to the selected photographer.

*For purposes of this Award the ADA will be honoring the U.S. Census Bureau's definition of the Southern Unites States which includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, & West Virginia

Photographers must be engaged in a project in one of these states but do not necessarily have to hail from the Southern United States originally.


Award for Emerging Documentarians - APPLY HERE

Documentarians whose work has not been collected by a major institution are invited to submit a completed photographic body of work between 20-40 images to be acquired by the ADA.  An honorarium of $4500.00 will be awarded to the selected photographer.


Award for Innovation in the Documentary Arts - APPLY HERE

Photographers seeking to expand upon traditional modes and themes associated with the documentary arts are invited to submit a completed photographic body of work between 20-40 images to be acquired by the ADA. An honorarium of $4500.00 will be awarded to the selected photographer.


If you have questions or would like more information, contact:

Lisa McCarty, Curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts

lisa.mccarty@duke.edu