W. Eugene Smith Grant Awards Wed. 10/20
Influence Consulting client and friend Aaron Schindler is on the Board of the W. Eugene Smith Fund Grant for Humanistic Photography. The annual awards event is this Wednesday night, October 20, at the Asia Society in New York City. It’s free and open to the public. Come see great photography and support a worthy cause. Ann Curry, News Anchor for the “Today” show, will give the keynote.
Fred Ritchin, the photo historian and New York University professor describes Smith’s images, his best known work created in the 1940s, 50s, and early 60s, as imbued with moral fervor and evincing “a clear difference between good and evil, the individual’s ability to transcend his or her circumstances, the inherent goodness (even heroism) in people, and the capacity and willingness of one person to help others (such as the healers in country doctor, nurse-midwife and Albert Schweitzer).”
The intention of this Grant, said Ritchin, has never been to find photographers who replicate Smith’s particular preoccupations or his photographic style. It has been, and continues to be, to find worthy recipients who in their own way will explore and report upon aspects of the contemporary world that are of significant importance. The Grant is given to allow photographers to escape from the increasingly formulaic demands of the mass media. The photography, as it should, will evolve.