The Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor documentary prize, organised by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, was first launched to encourage collaboration between a photographer and a writer in the tradition of Dorothea Lange and Paul Taylor who worked together on the seminal work American Exodus. Last year, however, the prize was relaunched to allow solo photographers and artists to apply to the grant.
The $10,000 cash prize serves to support “documentary artists – working alone or in teams – who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation of their work.”
The changes were introduced after the Center for Documentary Studies launched its Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University, which brings together two forms of artistic activity: “the documentary approach and experimental production in analog, digital and computational media,” says Duke University.
There are no restrictions regarding age, nationality, or subject matter. The deadline for entries is 07 May, with the winner announced in September.