2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant Recipients Named

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The Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund announced that New York-based photographer Krisanne Johnson is the recipient of the prestigious 2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for I Love You Real Fast, a five-year project documenting young women coming of age amidst the H.I.V./AIDS epidemic in Swaziland. The project earned her a $30,000 grant to continue her ongoing work to explore the struggles and triumphs of women in Swaziland and other parts of the world. The Grant recipients were selected from 291 entries from 40 countries. You can see Krisanne’s winning submission here.

I Love You Real Fast is on exhibit now at The Half King in New York City through November 26.

The announcement was made during a reception last night at the Asia Society in New York. Sebastian Junger, the internationally acclaimed best-selling author of The Perfect Storm and War, director (with Tim Hetherington) of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Restrepo, and contributor for Vanity Fair, gave the keynote presentation.

“I am truly honored to receive a Grant from an organization bearing W. Eugene Smith’s name,” says Krisanne Johnson. “This recognition will help share the struggles of young women in Swaziland and bring greater attention to a problem that must be addressed. The Smith Grant will also allow me to continue to focus on this and other stories around the world without the restrictions associated with lack of funding.”

In addition, Dominic Bracco received a $5,000 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship for his documentary, Life and Death in the Northern Pass. Focusing on Ciudad Juarez, quite possibly the most violent city in the world, Bracco explores how society has become so ingrained in a tradition of violence that there is no immediate way out.

Finally, Ryan Libre is recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for “Documentary Arts Asia,” a program to advance visual literacy and support artists in Asia.

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