You are Cordially Invited to Attend the 37th Annual W. Eugene Smith Grant Ceremony

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THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS of the
W. EUGENE SMITH MEMORIAL FUND

Cordially Invites You to The Presentation of

THE 37th ANNUAL W. EUGENE SMITH GRANTS IN HUMANISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY
&
20th ANNUAL HOWARD CHAPNICK GRANT FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF PHOTOJOURNALISM

Country Doctor W. Eugene Smith/CCP

Country Doctor W. Eugene Smith/CCP


Thursday, October 13, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:15 p.m.)

Where: The School of Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011

Keynote Presentations by:

Alex Gibney
Oscar-winning Director, Founder of Jigsaw Productions

Kathy Ryan
Director of Photography, New York Times Magazine


Ceremony RSVP:

Please RSVP here — First Come, First Served

FREE Admission
Seating is Limited
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.


The program includes presentations of photo essays by this year’s grant and fellowship recipients, plus finalists

Announcement and presentation of
The 2016 W. Eugene Smith Grant of $30,000
The 2016 jurors’ discretionary Smith Fellowship(s) of $5,000
&
The 2016 Howard Chapnick Grant of $5,000

Reception to Follow

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant, selected from over 300 worldwide submissions, is presented annually to photographers whose work carries forward the tradition practiced by Eugene Smith during his 45-year photojournalism career. The grant enables recipients to undertake and complete worthy photojournalistic projects.

Eugene Smith during his 45-year photojournalism career. The grant enables recipients to undertake and complete worthy photojournalistic projects.
The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is supported by generous contributions from The Incite Project, the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Anastasia Photo and Canon USA.
Additional support is provided by Aperture, Brilliant Graphics, Center for Creative Photography (CCP), the International Center of Photography, MediaStorm, Photo District News (PDN), the School of Visual Arts BFA Photography, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department, and Synergy Communications Inc.

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Artist Talk: Joseph Sywenkyj

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Masha, 6 years old, was infected with HIV through mother to child transmission at birth. Odesa, Ukraine, 2007

Masha, 6 years old, was infected with HIV through mother to child transmission at birth. Odesa, Ukraine, 2007

Event at Aperture, Tuesday, September 27, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the W. Eugene Smith Memorial
Fund, is pleased to present an artist talk with Joseph Sywenkyj. Sywenkyj,
an American photographer based in Kiev, is the recipient of the 2014
W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. He will present his
completed Smith Fund project along with some of his past work, which
explores the Ukrainian revolution over the course of sixteen years.

Sywenkyj’s photographs concentrate on how the media is more concerned
with geopolitics and European leaders than with the families that are
affected by war and terrorism. Sywenkyj states, “It is through stories of
families who have been seriously impacted physically, mentally, and
economically by the crisis that we will gain insight into how events in the
country are influencing society as a whole.”

Read more at aperture.org/events/artist-talk-joseph-sywenky

Location
Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York

Date
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 6:30 p.m.

$5 donation
FREE for Aperture Foundation Members and students with valid ID

More information
aperture.org/events/artist-talkjoseph-
sywenky


This program is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charina Endowment Fund, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Inc., and the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation. Additional public funds are from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Film Release: THE JAZZ LOFT ACCORDING TO W. EUGENE SMITH

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FILMBUFF TO RELEASE WNYC STUDIOS’ INAUGURAL FILM “THE JAZZ LOFT ACCORDING TO W. EUGENE SMITH”

Opening in Theaters and On Demand Platforms in Fall 2016

Theatrical Debut Appears on Friday, September 23 at the Metrograph in New York City

(NEW YORK, NY – September 7, 2016) – FilmBuff announced today that it has licensed worldwide rights to distribute THE JAZZ LOFT ACCORDING TO W. EUGENE SMITH, the first original production from venerable New York media institution and leading podcast producer WNYC Studios.

FilmBuff will release THE JAZZ LOFT ACCORDING TO W. EUGENE SMITH in select theaters – including the Metrograph in New York City – on Friday, September 23, followed by a digital release on all major On Demand platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Vudu, on Friday, October 7. WNYC’s award-winning radio host and producer and Emmy Award-winning film editor Sara Fishko, the director of the film, will be on hand to do a live Q&A after the evening show at the Metrograph.

The film, a follow-up to Fishko’s Jazz Loft Radio Series, as well as author Sam Stephenson’s book, The Jazz Loft Project, brings hundreds of photographs by acclaimed LIFE Magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith to the screen for the first time, as well as some of the 4,000 hours of audio he recorded, The film features commentary by musicians Steve Reich, Carla Bley, Jason Moran, Ronnie Free, and many others on this fascinating chapter in jazz, photography, and New York City history.

In the 1950s, dozens of jazz musicians jammed night after night in a dilapidated New York loft building, not realizing they were all being captured in sound and pictures by Smith, who lived in the loft space next door. Thelonious Monk stopped by to rehearse; drummer Ronnie Free got hooked on hard drugs; Smith began to tape-record his own phone calls; the ‘50s gave way to the ‘60s. In a layering of interviews, vignettes and powerful music, Fishko recreates these stories of the vibrant culture of New York’s mid-century jazz era, resurrecting some of the characters captured in Smith’s evocative photographs.

In tandem with the film’s release, WNYC Studios will make available an updated version of the original award-winning Jazz Loft Radio Series – which takes listeners on a deep-dive into the music, voices, and sound Smith captured on audio tape – as a 10-episode podcast series on www.wnyc.org, iTunes and other places where podcasts are available.

“Jazz is an integral part of the fabric of New York City culture, so we’re excited to bring THE JAZZ LOFT to audiences in our hometown and beyond,” said FilmBuff’s Jake Hanly. “It’s a fascinating time capsule of an historic moment in our city, and FilmBuff is excited to be partnering with WNYC, a quintessential New York institution, on their first original production.”

“What gets us excited every day is the chance to tell stories that inform while delighting. And we’re always looking for new ways to do that,” said Dean Cappello, Chief Content Officer of WNYC Studios. “THE JAZZ LOFT project started as a radio series that showcased the incredible and unheard Gene Smith recordings. The chance to bring these characters to the screen with FilmBuff in WNYC Studios’ first film feels like the best way to honor these musicians and artists in a way that audiences will love.”

“We’re still not sure exactly what Gene Smith was trying to create in the loft,” said Fishko. “But he did remarkable work there, and his pictures by the tens of thousands and stacks and stacks of audio tape reels tell us things about community, music-making, obsession and art that we couldn’t learn in any other way.”

THE JAZZ LOFT ACCORDING TO W. EUGENE SMITH screened at Cleveland International Film Festival 2016, Full Frame Festival 2016, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2016, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016, Copenhagen Jazz Film Festival 2016, DOC NYC 2015, and New Orleans Film Festival 2015.

The film was written, produced and directed by Sara Fishko, edited by Jonathan J. Johnson and photographed by Tom Hurwitz, ASC. Producers include Calvin Skaggs for Lumiere Productions and Sam Stephenson. The deal was negotiated by Jake Hanly of FilmBuff with John Chao of WNYC.

http://www.wnyc.org/jazzloftthemovie/

THE JAZZ LOFT ACCORDING TO W. EUGENE SMITH is funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, Oliver Kramer, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

ABOUT WNYC STUDIOS
WNYC Studios is the premier producer of on-demand and broadcast audio. Born from the team that created some of the most critically acclaimed and popular podcasts of the last decade, WNYC Studios is leading the new golden age in audio with high-quality storytelling that informs, inspires, and delights millions of intellectually curious and highly engaged listeners across digital, mobile, and broadcast platforms. WNYC Studios creates some of the most beloved audio series, including “Radiolab,” “2 Dope Queens,” “Snap Judgment,” “Freakonomics Radio,” “Death, Sex & Money,” “Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin,” “Note to Self,” “On the Media,” “The Takeaway,” and “Studio 360.” Their programs include personal narratives, deep journalism, interviews that reveal, and smart entertainment as varied and intimate as the human voice itself. For more information, visit wnycstudios.wnyc.org.

ABOUT FILMBUFF
FilmBuff is an award-winning full-service global sales and distribution company, with a focus on delivering high quality, compelling film and video to targeted audiences. Founded in 2007, FilmBuff consistently introduces audiences to the best in independent film, including Oscar-nominated EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, Sundance Audience Award winner, SENNA, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, Jared Leto’s ARTIFACT, Adam Carolla’s ROAD HARD, THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY, BURT’S BUZZ, THE INVITATION, SPRING, and many others. Offering a comprehensive array of services and solutions for today’s evolving media landscape, FilmBuff partners with creative filmmakers, publishers and brand marketers to reach, engage and inspire viewers around the world. Connect with FilmBuff at www.FilmBuff.com and @FilmBuff.

ABOUT LUMIERE PRODUCTIONS
For over three decades Lumiere has produced fiction and documentary narratives that engage hearts and open minds. Award-winning and critically acclaimed, Lumiere’s films explore topics in the arts (Good Ol’ Charles Schulz), religion (With God on Our Side), journalism (Local News), politics (Democracy on Deadline), and other social issues (Ghosts of Attica). The company has produced numerous films for Discovery, PBS, HBO, Channel 4 UK, and Arté. Its work is distributed around the world on broadcast and cable television and in movie theaters.

A Call for Entries 2016

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W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Announces Call for Entries for 37th Annual Grant in Humanistic Photography

Memorial Fund awards a $30,000 grant and $5,000 fellowships to photographers with projects produced in the spirit of W. Eugene Smith’s humanistic approach to storytelling

New York, NY – March 25, 2016 – The W. Eugene Smith Fund announced today it will begin accepting applications for its annual Grant in Humanistic Photography on March 25, 2016. Photographers interested in applying for the grant can learn more by visiting SmithFund.org. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2016.

In addition, The Smith Fund also announced that applications for the 2016 Howard Chapnick Grant will be accepted from June 1 through June 30, 2016. The Howard Chapnick Grant is presented for leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing, research, education and management.

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project follows the tradition and humanistic approach to storytelling of W. Eugene Smith who dedicated his 45-year career as a photographer to documenting the human condition with compassion and portraying his subjects’ dignity. Now in its 37th year, this Grant honors the legendary American photo essayist and his picture making practice.

The recipient of the 2016 Smith Award will receive a $30,000 grant to complete a current or future documentary project. In addition, one or more Fellowships totaling $5,000 will be given to photographers whose work represents exemplary efforts in humanistic photography.

“Each year we are both humbled and inspired by the quality of work that is submitted to the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund,” said Lauren Wendle, president of the Smith Fund Board of Trustees. “We are honored to have supported so many remarkable photographers and incredible projects which have presented the human condition and spirit from around the world. In having the privilege of awarding these grants, the Smith Fund acknowledges the financial support of many organizations. Our goal as an organization has remained constant since 1978: to provide photographers with the necessary funding so they may tell their stories through photographs, in the spirit of Gene Smith.”

Each year, the Fund’s Board of Trustees appoints a three-member international jury who meet twice during the adjudication process. Finalists are selected on the basis of the substantive (and intellectual) merit of their project. Finalists are then asked to submit a more detailed and focused proposal and to answer questions about their project. The Grant and Fellowship recipients are selected on the basis of these submissions.

19th Annual Howard Chapnick Grant

The Howard Chapnick Grant was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick who led Black Star photo agency, and acknowledges the value of his enormous contribution to photography. The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. This grant is not to be used for the creation of photographs.

Photographers interested in learning more or applying for either grant should visit SmithFund.org.

Media Contact

Lou Desiderio
Synergy Communications, Inc.
Tel: 917-627-0912
Email: lou@pr-synergy.com

Artist Talk: Jane Evelyn Atwood

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Jane Evelyn Atwood, Auto-portrait, New York, 1979 Location Aperture Foundation 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor New York Date Wednesday, March 2, 2016 6:30 p.m. $5 donation FREE for Aperture Foundation Members and students with valid ID More information aperture.org/events

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, is pleased to present an artist talk with Jane Evelyn Atwood. Atwood was born in New York and has been living in France since 1971. She was the first recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Award in 1980 for her work on the blind. Atwood works primarily in the tradition of documentary photography, following individuals or groups of people—usually those on the fringes of society—for long periods of time. Fascinated by people and by the idea of exclusion, she has managed to penetrate worlds that most of us do not know, or choose to ignore.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is sponsored by Aperture Foundation as well as Anastasia Photo, American Society of Media Photographers, Brilliant, Canon, Center for Creative Photography, International Center of Photography, MediaStorm, Photo District News, Swann Galleries, School of Visual Arts, and Synergy Communications. More information can be found at smithfund.org.

Location
Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor New York

Date
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 6:30 p.m.
$5 donation
FREE for Aperture Foundation Members and students with valid ID

More information
aperture.org/events

BFA Photography and Video presents The 36th Annual W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography

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From October 14th, 2015

THE 36th ANNUAL W. EUGENE SMITH GRANTS IN HUMANISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY & HOWARD CHAPNICK GRANT FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF PHOTOJOURNALISM

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The 36th annual W. Eugene Smith Grant and awards presentation honors the very best in photojournalism and will take place on at the SVA Theater on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

Event Details

SAVE THE DATE:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(Doors Open at 6:15 p.m.)

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre
333 West 23rd St. (between 8th and 9th Ave.)
New York, NY 10011

Keynote Presentation by David Remnick
Editor, The New Yorker

Ceremony RSVP:
Please Click Here to Register Online

FREE Admission
Seating is Limited. Doors Open at 6:15 p.m.

The program includes presentations of photo essays by this year’s grant and fellowship recipients, plus finalists

Announcement and presentation of
The 2015 W. Eugene Smith Grant of $30,000
The 2015 jurors’ discretionary Smith Fellowship(s) of $5,000
&
The 2015 Howard Chapnick Grant of $5,000

Reception to Follow

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund 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 W. Eugene Smith during his 45-year photojournalism career. The grant enables recipients to undertake and complete worthy photojournalistic projects.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Harbers Family Fund, Anastasia Photo, Canon USA, AND Swann Auction Galleries, PLUS Center for Creative Photography (CCP), International Center Of Photography (ICP), MediaStorm, Photo District News (PDN), & The School of Visual Arts.

A Call for Entries

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W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Announces Call for Entries for 36th Annual Grant in Humanistic Photography

Memorial Fund awards a $30,000 grant and $5,000 fellowships to photographers with projects produced in the spirit of W. Eugene Smith’s humanistic approach to storytelling

New York, NY – March 27, 2015 – The W. Eugene Smith Fund announced today it will begin accepting applications for its annual Grant in Humanistic Photography on April 15, 2015. Photographers interested in applying for the grant can learn more by visiting SmithFund.org. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2015.

In addition, The Smith Fund also announced that applications for the 2015 Howard Chapnick Grant will be accepted from June 1 through June 30, 2015. The Howard Chapnick Grant is presented for leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing, research, education and management.

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project follows the tradition and humanistic approach to storytelling of W. Eugene Smith who dedicated his 45-year career as a photographer to documenting the human condition with compassion and portraying his subjects dignity. Now in its 36th year, this Grant honors the legendary American photo essayist and his picture making practice.

The recipient of the 2015 Smith Award will receive a $30,000 grant to complete a current or future documentary project. In addition, one or more Fellowships totaling $5,000 will be given to photographers whose work represents exemplary efforts in humanistic photography.

“Each year we are both humbled and inspired by the quality of work that is submitted to the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund,” said Marcel Saba, president of the Smith Fund Board of Trustees. “We are honored to have supported so many remarkable photographers and incredible projects which have presented the human condition and spirit from around the world. In having the privilege of awarding these grants, the Smith Fund acknowledges the financial support of many organizations. Our goal as an organization has remained constant since 1978: to provide photographers with the necessary funding so they may tell their stories through photographs, in the spirit of Gene Smith.”

Each year, the Fund’s Board of Trustees appoints a three-member international jury who meet twice during the adjudication process. Finalists are selected on the basis of the substantive (and intellectual) merit of their project. Finalists are then asked to submit a comprehensive photographic print portfolio, to write (if necessary) a more detailed and focused proposal and to answer questions about their project. The Grant and Fellowship recipients are selected basis of these submissions.

19th Annual Howard Chapnick Grant

The Howard Chapnick Grant was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick who led Black Star photo agency, and acknowledges the value of his enormous contribution to photography. The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. This grant is not to be used for the creation of photographs.

Photographers interested in learning more or applying for either grant should visit SmithFund.org.

Media Contact

Lou Desiderio
Synergy Communications, Inc.
Tel: 917-627-0912
Email: lou@pr-synergy.com

The Howard Chapnick Legacy, a collaboration between Aperture and W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund

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“The Howard Chapnick Legacy” was a special program in the “Smith Talks”, an ongoing collaboration between Aperture and W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. The event took place on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 at Aperture.

Howard Chapnick (1922-1996) is a legend of photography, the long time head of the Black Star Agency and author of the classic “The Truth Needs No Ally: Inside Photojournalism”.

In 1979 with colleagues, John Morris and Jim Hughes, Chapnick founded the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, which awards grants for projects in humanistic photography. Shortly after his death in 1996, the Smith Fund announced a new and additional fellowship in Chapnick’s name, a $5.000 grant to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism.

The evening celebrated his career and the grant’s recipients. Chapnick was a seminal influence on a roster of today’s leading photo-journalists like Pete Turnley, Donna Ferrato, Tony Suau, Chris Morris, Joseph Rodriquez, James Balog, and James Nachtwey to name a few, all of whom were invited to contribute to the evening’s proceedings.

The evening was hosted by Mickael Itkoff of Daylight Publishing. who received the Chapnick grant in 2006 which made it possible for Daylight to go to press. The Chapnick grant has been able to give smaller organizations an immediate boost like this. Other past Chapnick grantees Marie Arago, Ryan Libre, Liza Faktor, and Richard Steven Street talked about their projects and grant. There are also video commentaries from co-founders and Smith Board Members John Morris and Rich Clarkson and in person remarks from Trustees Aaron Schindler and Phil Block.

For more information about the Howard Chapnick Fund, go to http://smithfund.org/howard-chapnick-grant.

Joseph Sywenkyj Receives $30,000 Grant from W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund in Humanistic Photography for ‘Verses from a Nation in Transition’

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Project Looks at the Profound Impact the Revolution and Russian Supported War in Ukraine Has on Families

–Moises Saman Receives Fellowship for “Discordia: The Arab Spring”–
–Muriel Hasbun Receives Howard Chapnick Grant for “laberinto projects”–

University students Sergey, 19, and Victoria, 20, a young couple from the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk, embrace on Independence Square before Sergey heads off to Hrushevsky Street a short distance away where a street battle raged for a 4th day between demonstrators and police forces in central Kyiv. January 22, 2014. ©Joseph Sywenkyj

University students Sergey, 19, and Victoria, 20, a young couple from the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk, embrace on Independence Square before Sergey heads off to Hrushevsky Street a short distance away where a street battle raged for a 4th day between demonstrators and police forces in central Kyiv. January 22, 2014. ©Joseph Sywenkyj

New York, NY – October 15, 2014 – The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is pleased to announce that Joseph Sywenkyj is the recipient of its 2014 grant in humanistic photography for his project, Verses from a Nation in Transition, which takes a sensitive look at families who have been seriously impacted physically, mentally and economically by the crisis they currently endure in Ukraine. A U.S. Citizen who divides his time between New Hampshire and Ukraine, Sywenkyj has spent more than a decade documenting a country his family called home until after WWII. The $30,000 grant was presented to Joseph Sywenkyj during a special ceremony at the SVA Theater in New York City this evening.

Believing that photographs are unique visual poems, Sywenkyj applied different approaches to the time he spent with a family in Odesa, compared with his time covering the revolution. “One represents the formalities of domestic life, while my images from the revolution are more immediate, which is the reason I made them in 35mm,” he explained in a recent interview.

“Receiving the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is a tremendous honor. The grant will allow me to continue my long-term documentation of Ukraine at this historic time of immense transition,” he said. “The fact that the award went to a project that touches upon life in this nation will hopefully help create more awareness about the situation here and its effects on individuals and families,” Sywenkyj added.

Smith grant recipients were selected from 170 entries received from 37 Countries. Past recipients of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund grant include Jane Evelyn Atwood, Donna Ferrato, James Nachtwey, Eli Reed, Eugene Richards, Paolo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress, and Sebastiao Salgado, to name a few. This year’s panel of judges was comprised of Jury Chair Stuart Alexander, Anne McNeill, and Dora Somosi.

A demonstrator stands in front of burning vehicles during violent clashes with police in the center of Kyiv on Hrushevsky Street. The violence began after demonstrators marched toward parliament from Independence Square. They encountered police forces who blocked their path and the violence ensued from there. Hundreds were wounded in the violence and at least three demonstrators were killed over several days. January 19, 2014. ©Joseph Sywenkyj

A demonstrator stands in front of burning vehicles during violent clashes with police in the center of Kyiv on Hrushevsky Street. The violence began after demonstrators marched toward parliament from Independence Square. They encountered police forces who blocked their path and the violence ensued from there. Hundreds were wounded in the violence and at least three demonstrators were killed over several days. January 19, 2014. ©Joseph Sywenkyj

A young woman steps off a destroyed vehicle that was used to form a barricade during a lull in violent clashes between demonstrators and police forces on Hrushevsky Street in central Kyiv. January 21, 2014. ©Joseph Sywenkyj

A young woman steps off a destroyed vehicle that was used to form a barricade during a lull in violent clashes between demonstrators and police forces on Hrushevsky Street in central Kyiv. January 21, 2014. ©Joseph Sywenkyj

A wounded demonstrator receives aid during violent clashes with police forces in the center of Kyiv on Hrushevsky Street. The violence began after demonstrators marched toward parliament from Independence Square. They encountered police forces who blocked their path and the violence ensued from there. Hundreds were wounded in the violence and at least three demonstrators were killed over several days. January 19, 2014. ©Joseph Sywenkyj

A wounded demonstrator receives aid during violent clashes with police forces in the center of Kyiv on Hrushevsky Street. The violence began after demonstrators marched toward parliament from Independence Square. They encountered police forces who blocked their path and the violence ensued from there. Hundreds were wounded in the violence and at least three demonstrators were killed over several days. January 19, 2014. ©Joseph Sywenkyj

Also honored last night was Moises Saman, the recipient of a $5,000 Fellowship from the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for Discordia: The Arab Spring. Through the eyes of Saman, Discordia takes the viewer on a four-year journey through Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria as these states drift from revolutionary throes to violent fallouts. Saman’s personal journey chronicles the indelible transformation of the region in this momentous period in Arab history. “I am humbled and thrilled to receive this year’s Eugene Smith Fellowship, an award that puts me in the company of so many photographers that I have deeply admired throughout my career,” Moises Saman said.

This year’s Howard Chapnick Grant was presented to Muriel Hasbun for laberinto project, a collaborative arts and lens-based media, education and cultural legacy preservation project, consisting of digital photographic archiving of artwork, documenting the histories of artists working in Central America during the Salvadoran civil war and its aftermath.

“Being the recipient of this year’s Howard Chapnick Grant is a great honor,” said Muriel Hasbun. “I wholeheartedly believe in laberinto projects, and to be supported in this way is humbling, validating and exciting,” Hasbun said. “The grant will help relate an important – and as of yet untold – story of how art gives voice to a community.”

Hasbun plans to use the Chapnick grant to work with a group of students and colleagues at the Corcoran School of the Arts + Design in Washington, DC to populate the digital archive and implement Legacy and Memory: Mapping the Labyrinth, a pilot, lens-based engagement program planned for March 2015 at the Centro Cultural de España in San Salvador.

Award recipients presented their work on Wednesday evening to a capacity crowd at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theater in New York City. Clarissa Ward, CBS News Foreign Correspondent, gave the keynote presentation. Ward is among the most intrepid and recognized international journalists working today. She has reported from every major news hotspot in the past decade and has earned numerous honors for her work from inside the civil war in Syria, as well as the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Ukraine.

In addition to Miss Ward’s keynote, presentations included remarks from ICP Executive Director, Mark Lubell, segments from an upcoming documentary on the life and career of W. Eugene Smith, a presentation of work from past Smith Grant recipient, Eugene Richards, and this year’s Smith Grant finalists including Mary Calvert, Ed Ou, Matt Eich, Encarni Pindado, and Majid Saeedi.

“Joseph Sywenkyj’s Verses from a Nation in Transition takes a sensitive and poignant look at how Ukranian families who are most affected by acts of war and terrorism are not even on the international community’s radar,” explains Stuart Alexander, vice president/international specialist at Christie’s, Smith Fund board member, and lead adjudicator for this year’s grant. “His images remind us that in the end it is the citizens, the communities, and the families that are always the ones who suffer most, and forces us to look at who we are as a world community to allow it to continue. His work stood out among many worthy candidates including Moises Saman who is receiving the $5,000 Fellowship for his project about Arab Spring,” Alexander concluded.

Now in its 35th year, the grant is a testament to W. Eugene Smith, an acknowledged pioneer in exploring the human condition with his camera. Established in 1979, the grant is intended to support and encourage photographers producing humanistic photo stories in the Smith tradition.

Financial support for the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund comes from the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Anastasia Photo, Canon USA, The Harbers Family Foundation, and Open Society Foundations. Additional Smith Fund support is provided by Anastasia Foundation, Aperture Foundation, Center for Creative Photography (CCP), International Center of Photography, MediaStorm, Open Society Foundations (OSF), Photo District News (PDN), School of Visual Arts (SVA), and Synergy Communications, Inc.

About The Smith Fund Grant

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund 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 W. Eugene Smith during his 45-year career in photojournalism. The grant enables recipients to undertake and complete worthy photojournalistic projects.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Portfolios from this year’s award recipients are available upon request. Please contact Lou Desiderio at lou@pr-synergy.com

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