Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Documentary Prize

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All entries should have one thing in common: evidence that they were created with reliance on documentary methods—research and interviews—and immersive, long-term fieldwork. We are interested in work that directs its gaze outward, that curiously engages with the world, and that is, as former CDS director Tom Rankin describes, “derived from an in-depth understanding of place, history, and the current situation, in concert with a personal relationship to the proposed work."
The Lange-Taylor Prize is intended for the advancement of an ongoing project that fully exploits, in the tradition of Dorothea Lange and Paul Taylor’s important work, the relationship of words and images in the powerful, persuasive representation of a subject. The focus is on the strength, breadth, and nuance of the work as an extended narrative and meditation.


  • $10,000
  • a solo exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies
  • inclusion in the Archive of Documentary Arts at Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

Applicants may submit a portfolio for a maximum of 20 uploads. Online submission of digital photographs via the website.

Image requirements: up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), Audio (up to 30MB each), PDFs (up to 10MB each) and Models (Sketchfab). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud


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