W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund: INVITATION – Free and Open to the Public

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INVITATION – Free and Open to the Public
W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund 2011 Grant Ceremony
October 19, 2011, Doors Open at 6.30PM, Ceremony at 7pm
Asia Society, 725 Park Ave at 70th St., New York City

The $30,000 grant recipient and finalists for the 2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography will be announced on Wednesday, October 19th, at the Fund’s annual ceremony at Asia Society in New York City. The event is free and open to the public. The Smith Grant was established in 1978 following the death of W. Eugene Smith, and is currently considered one of the most prestigious honors in photojournalism.

The program will feature audio-visual presentations by this year’s finalists and grant recipient as well as:

– A keynote address by journalist Sebastian Junger, the internationally acclaimed best-selling author of The Perfect Storm and War, Vanity Fair contributing editor, and director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Restrepo.

– On the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, a special presentation of 2007 Smith grant recipient Stephen Dupont’s Generation AK: The Afghanistan Wars and The Perils of Freedom.

– Tributes to W. Eugene Smith, including his own commentary on Spanish Village, his acclaimed 1950 LIFE Magazine photo essay.

– The announcement of the $5,000 2011 Howard Chapnick Grant to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photography, such as editing, education, and management.

The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave (at 70th Street). Admission is free, and on a first come, first served basis.  The doors will open at 6.30 PM. The ceremony will begin at 7pm with a reception following.

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his career as a photographic essayist.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, independently administers the grant program that provides photographers with the financial freedom to carry out or complete major photographic essays.

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The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is sponsored by the generous support of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the Open Society Foundations, Asia Society, Blurb, Inc., and Canon USA, with additional support from MediaStorm and Photo District News. The 2011 Chapnick Grant is co-sponsored by NYC FOTO WORKS.

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Jacqueline Tobin

Jacqueline Tobin

Jacqueline Tobin is the Editor-in-Chief of Rangefinder magazine and the author of Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight From 20 Top Photographers (Amphoto Books, 2009); and The Luminous Portrait (Amphoto Books, 2012). The second-generation native New Yorker cherishes her Sunday mornings hunkered down with The New York Times, fresh bagels and a great cup of coffee.

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