Nominated by David Brandon Geeting (Photographic artist, NYC)


Donavon Smallwood received his BA from Hunter College in 2016. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2021 Aperture Portfolio Prize and the 2021 Daylight Photo Award. Periodical features and editorial clients include The Atlantic, FT Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and more. Languor, his first monograph, is set to be published by Trespasser in fall 2021.

Project Statement: 

Languor is a project that presents itself as an interaction between images exploring the depths and vastness of NYC’s Central Park landscape and portraits taken within the space. With a pandemic at hand and the history Seneca Village in mind Smallwood created the photographs of tentative comfort and appreciation as an examination of nature, home, tranquility, and escape. A charred love letter.