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Hold the Date: Smith Award Ceremony on Wednesday, October 17

Posted by on September 25, 2012 | Contests/Events


Image: Steel, 1955, W. Eugene Smith Archive, Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona. © The Heirs of W. Eugene Smith

On Wednesday, October 17, the School of Visual Arts Theatre on West 23rd Street in New York (between 8th and 9th Avenues), will host a free, public event in honor of the groundbreaking photojournalist W. Eugene Smith, and announcing the winner of the 33rd annual W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. Doors open at 6:30 PM and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

The program will include a unique tribute to Smith’s work, a special keynote speech by AP correspondent Kimberly Dozier, author of Breathing the Fire, the presentation of photo essays by the 2012 finalists, grant and fellowship recipients and culminating in the announcement of the $30,000 Smith Grant, the 2012 Howard Chapnick Grant and a jurors’ discretionary grant of $5,000 each. A reception will follow.

Funded by generous contributions from the Open Society Foundations, American Society of Media Photographers, MediaStorm, Canon USA and the School of Visual Arts, the W. Eugene Smith Grant is presented annually to photographers whose work is judged by a panel of experts to be in the best tradition of the compassionate dedication exhibited by Smith during his 45-year photojournalism career. Past recipients range from 2011 winner Krisanne Johnson to photojournalistic greats such as James Nachtwey, Eugene Richards and Sebastiao Salgado, who have all used the funding to undertake and complete important new work.