Photographer Benjamin Lowy was chosen by William Eggleston as the fifth winner of the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman Foundation First Book Prize in Photography. His book Iraq | Perspectives, a beautiful and harrowing presentation of the war in Iraq through a soldier's perspective, consisting of images taken through Humvee windows and night vision goggles, was published earlier this month.
Lowy will give a talk at the International Center for Photography in NYC on December 2, and will be a guest on The Daily Show on December 5.
The First Book Prize in Photography, a biennial prize that publishes a first book of photographs for the winning photographer, affirms the importance of the book in our increasingly digital world. A new website for the Prize has been launched, which includes interviews with previous judges and winners—including Robert Adams, Mary Ellen Mark, Danny Wilcox Frazier, and Robert Frank—talking about the importance of the first book.