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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.

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See Artist Talk: Jane Evelyn Atwood

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Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, is pleased to present an artist talk with Jane Evelyn Atwood.

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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

View the The 36th Annual W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography video

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

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

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From October 14th, 2015

Attend the 36th annual W. Eugene Smith Grant and awards presentation

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The ceremony will take place on at the SVA Theater on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

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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.

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.

How Ryan Libre and His Documentary Arts Center Empower Visual Storytellers in Asia

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Ryan Libre speaks on grassroots photojournalism and visual literacy at TEDx

Ryan Libre is an award-winning documentary photographer and the founder of Documentary Arts Asia (DAA), a non-profit organization working to tell stories from Asia that need to be heard. The organization was conceived in 2008 after Ryan’s work on NGO documentary projects brought Asia’s need for visual literacy education to his attention.

In 2011, he was awarded he Howard Chapnick Grant, part of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, to build a physical space for the organization. Three years later, DAA flourishes in its mission. The DAA center supports documentary artists in Asia with various amenities including a gallery, a library and a workshop space.

Film production and interactive design studio MediaStorm caught up with Ryan to learn more about DAA’s current role in providing community and resources for Asia’s storytellers and what’s next for his organization and his career.

MediaStorm: What did you hope to accomplish when you started the Documentary Arts Center?
Ryan: I wanted to raise the interest in and an awareness of documentary photography and film in Southeast Asia. From there my goal for the organization was to find talented, local emerging and established photographers to support.

Why is visual literacy important?
Right now kids spend a lot of time learning to read the written word. But the visual image, still and moving, is increasingly where people get their information. It shapes their world view and life choices. I want people and institutions to make visual literacy training a higher priority.

And why was it important to have the Center in Thailand?
Chiang Mai is a major hub and crossroads for Southeast Asia. Lots of ideas are born and shared there. The idea of DAA is to have a center in most Asian countries, but still most governments in the region are not as open to NGO’s and showing sensitive or critical work. Chiang Mai is known as the cultural and art capital of Thailand. So it was a perfect choice for the first center. We now have a second center in N. Burma. Inside the Kachin Independence autonomous region. The gallery/library/cinema is just 11 kilometers from front line fighting in a region with very few if any resources for aspiring documentary photographers. I hope to open more DAA centers like this in the future.

You were awarded the Howard Chapnick Grant in 2011. How did the grant impact your organization?
Well, before the Chapnick Grant we had no physical center and were mostly known only by a few photographers N Burma. After Chapnick we were able to open a beautiful center and it helped a lot with recognition also. After the ceremony I stayed in NYC for a few weeks and it opened up a lot of doors for me to meet great people to talk about DAA.

What initiatives have the Center’s focus now?
Right now we’re building a new center! 5,000 square feet. It may sound like we are rolling in money now, but the land was donated and we are designing and building it ourselves from adobe bricks and straw-bales.

What lessons did you learn launching your organization?
Wow, I’ve learned so much, personally and professionally. One of the main things is the power of design. A nice logo, website and posters are powerful tools for advancing your message. I’ve also become a much better photo editor, for others works and my own.

How can readers support the work you’re doing?
A couple ways:

  1. Join a workshop – our photo and film workshops are very affordable and half of the fees support the artist, with the remaining half reinvested into our programs.
  2. Buy a print from one of our exhibitions, or choose from the many matted prints for sale at the center.
  3. Become a member – both paid and unpaid memberships help us.
  4. Give in-kind gifts to our artist in residence program – such as meal or drinks vouchers.
  5. Donate a portion of your tax money to DAA. You can write it off your taxes so it costs you nothing!
  6. Donate a print for our annual silent auction.
  7. Give DAA something from our center wish list or a book from our library wish list.
  8. Donate online – DAA keeps its overheads low so that every penny, baht & yen goes to useful projects.

More information on all of these options is available on our site.

Are you working on anything outside of the center? Can we expect any new projects from you?
I’m finishing a feature length documentary, When Will It Be, about the Kachin Independence organization. I’m looking for a publisher to publish a book of the stills from this 6 year project as well.

After those projects finish I have a long list of projects I’m dying to shoot.

About the Howard Chapnick Grant

In 1996 the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund announced a new award, the Howard Chapnick Grant, to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick, and acknowledge the value of his enormous contribution to photography.

The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance any of 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. Special consideration will be given to projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism.

Applications are due July 16, 2014. Learn more and apply at http://smithfund.org/howard-chapnick-grant.

 

Attend the Smith Grant Ceremony

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The 35th Annual Smith Grant Ceremony is taking place at the SVA Theater on Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m.

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