Guide to the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize Photography Collection, 1996-2005
The Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor documentary prize is awarded by Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies to a writer and a photographer in the early stages of a documentary project. The prize was created to encourage collaboration between documentary writers and photographers in the tradition of the acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor.
The Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize Photography Collection, 1996-2005, houses the work of five documentary photographers - Mary Berridge, Rob Amberg, Jason Eskenazi, Jim Lommasson, and Dona Ann McAdams - consisting of 38 color and black-and-white prints created as part of documentary projects that were awarded the Lange-Taylor Prize. Topics includes boxing gyms; the effects of highway construction in the Appalachian mountains; HIV-positive women; the transition between traditional and modern life in mountain villages in the Causcasus; and living with schizophrenia, with images taken around Coney Island. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts (Duke University).
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- Duke University. Center for Documentary Studies.
- Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize Photography collection 1996-2005
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- 8.0 Linear Feet, 38 Items
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The Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize Photography Collection consists of 38 photographic prints created by five photographers, all winners of the Center for Documentary Studies' Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize. Topics includes boxing gyms; the effects of highway construction in the Appalachian mountains; HIV-positive women; the transition between traditional and modern life in mountain villages in the Caucasus; and living with schizophrenia, with images taken around Coney Island. Some of the images were displayed as part of "Hand and Eye: Fifteen Years of the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize," an exhibit at the Center for Documentary Studies from Sept. 19, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.
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Four prints from I-26, Corridor of Change, by Rob Amberg and Sam Gray, an examination of the physical, economic, and social changes accompanying highway construction in the remote Appalachian mountains. Winner of the 1998 Lange-Taylor Prize. 16x20 gelatin silver prints.
Four prints from Mountain Jews: A Lost Tribe, by Jason Eskenazi and Jennifer Gould; the transition of a centuries-old village in the Caucasus from its traditional ways of life. Winner of the 1999 Lange-Taylor Prize. 16x20 black and white prints.
Three prints from The Garden of Eden: Living with Schizophrenia on Coney Island, by Dona Ann McAdams and Brad Kessler; a window into the extraordinary world of people living with severe mental illness. Winner of the 2002 Lange-Taylor Prize. 16x20 gelatin silver prints.
Five prints from Shadow Boxers: Sweat, Sacrifice, and the Will to Survive in America's Toughest Boxing Gyms, by Jim Lommasson and Katherine Dunn, which speaks to the power of boxing to transform lives and communities. Winner of the 2004 Lange-Taylor Prize. Archival digital prints, black and white, approximately 19x15 inches.
Twenty-two unmatted analog chromogenic color prints from A Positive Life: Portraits of Women Living with HIV, a collaboration between photographer Mary Berridge and writer River Houston to photograph and interview women in the North Carolina Triangle who are living with HIV/AIDS. Winner of the 1996 Lange-Taylor Prize. These prints were displayed in a 1999 exhibit at the Center for Documentary Studies. The exhibit was part of a larger, Triangle-wide program called "Living with HIV/AIDS." Sixteen of the 22 prints are captioned on the back. Boxes 2, 3, and 5 house 20x24 prints, and Box 4 has prints that are 34.5 x 28.5 inches.
The year 2010 marked the twentieth anniversary of the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor documentary prize, an award given by the Center for Documentary Studies. First announced a year after the Center's founding at Duke University, the prize was created to encourage collaboration between documentary writers and photographers in the tradition of the acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor. In 1941 Lange and Taylor published An American Exodus, a book that renders human experience eloquently in text and images and remains a seminal work in documentary studies. The Lange-Taylor Prize honors their important collaborative work.
The Lange-Taylor Prize is offered to a writer and a photographer in the early stages of a documentary project. By encouraging such collaborative efforts, the Center for Documentary Studies supports the documentary process in which writers and photographers work together to record the human story.
[Overview from the CDS website, August 2010.]
- Berridge, Mary
- Amberg, Rob
- Lommasson, Jim
- Eskenazi, Jason
- McAdams, Dona Ann
- Boxing -- Pictorial works
- Coney Island (New York, N.Y.) -- Pictorial works
- Documentary photography
- HIV-positive women -- Pictorial works
- Former Soviet republics -- Pictorial works
- Schizophrenia -- Social aspects
- Black-and-white prints (photographs)
- Chromogenic color prints
- Gelatin silver prints
- Archive of Documentary Arts (Duke University)
More photographs from Rob Amberg are held in the Rob Amberg Photographs collection and the Sodom Laurel Album Exhibition Photographs, both held in the Archive for Documentary Arts (Duke University).
[Identification of item], Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize Photography Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize Photography Collection was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2007 and 2011.
Processed by Meghan Lyon and Karen Glynn, August 2010
Encoded by Meghan Lyon, August 2010
Updated by Meghan Lyon, March 2011 and October 2011
Addition processed and encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, July 2012
Accessions 2010-0133, 2011-0054, and 2011-0201 are described in this finding aid.
Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.
This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.