Ah, New York’s Strand Book Store. We love it, you love it, Chip Kidd and Batman love it. Even superwealthy people who don’t have time to read love it, because it’s their source for antique leather books by the foot (customizable by language or color), not to mention those iconic tote bags. With all of that love comes lots of photos, and so the Strand has partnered with the Aperture Foundation and Pratt Institute to hold its first ever photography contest.
Launched today, “Eye on the Strand” invites amateur and professional photographers worldwide to submit their photo representations of the Strand and compete for some mighty impressive prizes. The lucky grand prize winner’s take includes an afternoon with internationally renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark and a collection of 50 Aperture photography books. Twenty finalist photos will be exhibited at the Pratt Center for Continuing and Professional Studies Gallery in July and on the Strand website. Images will be judged (on overall photographic and artistic quality, originality, and how they best represent the Strand) by a panel that includes Aperture publisher Lesley A. Martin, Pratt adjunct professor Cheryl Stockton, and Charlie Rhyne, the Strand’s photography book buyer. You’ve got until February 27 to submit your photos, but why not get to snappping next Wednesday, when the store hosts its Eye on the Strand launch party. Wine, cheese, books, and photo opportunities—what more can you ask for? Click “continued…” for the party invitation and a list of the guests of honor that will be on hand to inspire you.