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Princeton University’s Deana Lawson Becomes 1st Photographer to Win $100,000 Hugo Boss Prize

[Photo: Mama Goma, Gemena, DR Congo, 2014. Pigment print. © Deana Lawson, courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles]

According to, Deana Lawson, professor of visual arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University in New Jersey, has been awarded the Hugo Boss Prize. Professor Lawson is the first photographer to win the award, which comes with a $100,000 prize.

The prize, presented by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and sponsored by the Hugo Boss German fashion label, has been awarded biannually since 1996 and was established to “embrace today’s most innovative and critically relevant cultural currents.”

The Hugo Boss prize is considered among the most prestigious awards within the contemporary art world.

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Lawson began teaching at Princeton in 2012. Earlier she taught at the California College of Arts in San Francisco, the International Center for Photography in New York, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Her photographs speak to the ways that sexuality, violence, family, and social status may be written, sometimes literally, on the body.

A native of Rochester, New York, Professor Lawson is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. She earned a master of fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.

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