Photo: ©Krisanne Johnson
Photographer Krisanne Johnson has been awarded the 2010 W. Eugene Smith Grant, a $30,000 prize, to support continuing work on “I Love You Real Fast,” a project she began in 2006. The project examines women coming of age in Swaziland, where rates of HIV/AIDS infection are among the highest in the world. In accepting the grant, awarded last night at a ceremony at the Asia Society in New York, Johnson said the funds will allow her to return to photograph long-time subjects who are approaching the projected end of their life expectancy: age 31. The $5,000 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship was awarded to Dominic Bracco for his project, “Life and Death in the Northern Pass,” an examination of daily life in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
At last night’s ceremony, Sebastian Junger, author of War and co-director (with the late photographer Tim Hetherington) of the award-winning documentary Restrepo, gave the keynote speech for the presentation, quoting his friend Hetherington about why “photography is more powerful than guns. Junger also announced that, in the wake of Hetherington’s death in in Libya in April, that he had decided to launch a new program to train journalists in life-saving first aid techniques. He said “Tim might have been savable” if someone with medical training had been nearby.
For more on the Smith Grant, the list of finalists for this year’s grant, the jurors who selected the grant winners, and the winner of The Howard Chapnick Grant, read our full story on PDNOnline.com.
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