The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.
The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography was established in 1978 following the death of Gene Smith, the legendary American photo essayist. It is today the most prestigious honor in documentary photography. Every year it recognizes a photographer who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition in the spirit of Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion.
The Fund’s Board of Trustees appoints a three-member international jury every year. The jury meets twice. At its first session it reviews all the applications and proposals, and selects finalists primarily on the basis of the substantive (and intellectual) merit of their project. The finalists are only 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.
At its second session, the jury reviews the new materials and proceeds to select the grant recipient and the beneficiaries of the fellowship money.
The application must contain:
– BACKGROUND IN PHOTOGRAPHY: (Formal education, workshops, apprenticeships, self-teaching, etc.)
– PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE: (Staff positions, freeâ€“lance work, etc.)
– AWARDS, GRANTS, OTHER QUALIFICATIONS AND DISTINCTIONS
– PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAYS PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED: Books (Title & publisher), Exhibitions (Title, location & city)
– PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES: (Include name, address, telephone number)
– TITLE AND BRIEF SUMMARY OF SMITH GRANT PROJECT
– The applicant must affirm that the proposed project is ongoing.
– Applicants should include a written proposal that is concise, journalistically realizable, visually translatable, and humanistically driven.
– Applicants should provide educational and professional qualifications.
– Up to 40 images.
Deadline: May 31, 2014.
For more information: http://smithfund.org/eugene-smith-grant