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Guide to the Gerard Gaskin photographs, 1995-2012

Summary

This collection includes 33 photographic prints comprising the series, Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene by Gerard H. Gaskin, 2012 CDS/ Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Award Winner. Prints were exhibited at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University from November 4 2013-February 22 2014.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11040
Title
Gerard Gaskin photographs
Date
1995-2012
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet, 33 Inkjet Prints: 19 black and white, and 14 color.
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English.

Collection Overview

This collection includes 33 photographic prints comprising the series, Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene by Gerard H. Gaskin, 2012 CDS/ Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Award Winner. Prints were exhibited at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University from November 4 2013-February 22 2014.

About the CDS/ Honickman First Book Prize in Photography: North 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 ongoing projects. And 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 these problems and recognizing their shared organizational interests, the Honickman Foundation and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University came together to create this important biennial book-publication prize, first awarded in 2002.

The prize is open to North American photographers 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.

Judges for the First Book Prize in Photography are among the most significant and innovative artists, curators, and writers in contemporary photography: Robert Adams, Maria Morris Hambourg, Robert Frank, Mary Ellen Mark, William Eggleston, and Deborah Willis.

Winners of the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography receive a grant of $3,000, publication of a book of photography, published by Duke University Press and the Center for Documentary Studies, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of the prizewinners. Winners also receive a solo exhibit—beginning with the 2014 prize, at Duke University’s new Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery—after which the photographs are placed in the library’s Archive of Documentary Arts.

Deborah Willis selected Gerard H. Gaskin to win the sixth biennial competition in 2012 for his body of photographs that have been published as Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene by Duke University Press and CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies.

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Arrangement

Prints are unlabeled, although titles of the collection's prints were supplied by the creator. Prints have been foldered by size. Folder 1 has six 16x10" color prints. Folder 2 has six 14x22" color prints. Folder 3 has two 16x24" prints and three black and white 16x24" prints. Folders 4 and 5 have sixteen 17x26" black and white prints.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Gerard Gaskin Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Joseph and Charles, POCC Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2007
Box 1
Folder 1
Evisu Ball, Harlem, N.Y., 2010
Box 1
Folder 1
Evisu Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2010
Box 1
Folder 1
Latex Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2007
Box 1
Folder 1
POCC Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2007
Box 1
Folder 1
Pargen and RR, Evisu Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2008
Box 1
Folder 1
Jennifer, Evisu Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2010
Box 1
Folder 2
POCC Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2007
Box 1
Folder 2
Prodigies, Evisu Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2010
Box 1
Folder 2
New York Awards Ball, Harlem, N.Y., 2000
Box 1
Folder 2
Ski, Xtravaganza Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2012
Box 1
Folder 2
Tez, Evisu Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2010
Box 1
Folder 2
Latex Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2002
Box 1
Folder 3
Vanessa, Milan Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 1997
Box 1
Folder 3
Evisu Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2010
Box 1
Folder 3
Evisu Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2010
Box 1
Folder 3
Xtravaganzas, Legends Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2010
Box 1
Folder 3
Jlin, D.C. Awards Ball, Washington D.C., 2005
Box 1
Folder 4-5
RR, Ebony Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 1997
Box 1
Folder 4-5
State to State Ball, Harlem, N.Y., 1998
Box 1
Folder 4-5
Gerald, Prada Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 1999
Box 1
Folder 4-5
New York Awards Ball, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2000
Box 1
Folder 4-5
RR, New York Awards Ball, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2000
Box 1
Folder 4-5
Mother’s Day Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 2001
Box 1
Folder 4-5
Monica, Jay Blahnik Ball, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2001
Box 1
Folder 4-5
Gerard, Eric Bazaar Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 1998
Box 1
Folder 4-5
Ebony Ball, Manhattan, N.Y., 1997
Box 1
Folder 4-5
Karan Ball, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2005
Box 1
Folder 4-5
Mystery, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1999
Box 1
Folder 4-5
Shansee and China, Eric Bazaar Ball, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1999
Box 1
Folder 4-5
Pony and Arturo, Jay Blahnik Ball, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2001
Box 1
Folder 4-5
New York Awards Ball, Harlem, N.Y., 2005
Box 1
Folder 4-5
Kelli, Legends Ball, Jersey City, N.J., 1995
Box 1
Folder 4-5
 

Historical Note

Gerard H. Gaskin, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, earned a B.A. from Hunter College in 1994. As a freelance photographer based in the greater New York City area, his work has been widely published in such publications as the New York Times, Newsday, Black Enterprise, OneWorld, Teen People, Caribbean Beat, and DownBeat; other clientele include record companies Island, Sony, Def Jam, and Mercury. His work has also been included in the books Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers (2001) and New York: A State of Mind (2000). Gaskin has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, a Center for Photography at Woodstock artist residency, and a Queens Council on the Arts Individual Artists Initiative Award. Gaskin’s photographs have been seen in solo and group exhibitions across the U.S. and abroad, including the Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum of Art, and Black Magic Woman Festival in Amsterdam. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of the City of New York and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, among others.

Gaskin's website: http://www.gerardhgaskin.com/

More information about the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize: http://firstbookprizephoto.com/


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Provenance

The Gerard Gaskin Photographs were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library as a gift in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, 2015.