Update: W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund 2011 Grant Ceremony

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Journalist Sebastian Junger will give a keynote address at the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund 2011 Grant Ceremony on Wednesday, October 19th in New York City. Junger is 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.

The $30,000 grant recipient and finalists for the 2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography will be announced. Other evening programs will feature audio-visual presentations by the finalists and grant recipient as well as:

– 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.

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