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Celebrate the Legacy of W. Eugene Smith on Wednesday, October 16

Posted by on October 9, 2013 | Contests/Events


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

On Wednesday, October 16, 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 34rd annual W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. Doors open at 6 p.m. and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

The program will begin with a unique tribute to Smith’s work and a special keynote speech by foreign correspondent Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker staff writer whose books include The Fall of Bagdad, The Lion’s Grave: Dispatches from Afghanistan and Che Guevera: A Revolutionary Life among many others.

After multimedia presentations by the 2013 finalists, the presentation of a $5,000 jurors’ discretionary grant, the 2013 Howard Chapnick Grant and the $30,000 Smith Grant and will be revealed to the audience. A reception will follow.

Funded by generous contributions from the American Society of Media Photographers, Anastasia Photo, Canon USA, Harbers Family Foundation, Open Society Foundations, The International Center of Photography, MediaStorm, Photo District News 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 2012 winner Peter van Agtmael 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.