The Aftermath Project, a grant making organization focused on funding photojournalism covering post-conflict stories, recently awarded a special $20,000 grant to photographer Eros Hoagland, who will work on a personal project that explores how photographing conflicts has affected his own life.
In the announcement of the award, Aftermath Project founder and director Sara Terry said: “Hoagland’s project, ‘The Green Room,’ stood out for his candid discussion of several themes, including emotional disconnect; the consequences of being the son of a war photographer, John Hoagland, who was killed in El Salvador at the age of 34; the impact that choices made by war photographers have on loved ones; the mythology of war photographers; and the desire to foster a public conversation on war, photography, PTSD and our understanding of these topics.”
Hoagland, who is represented by Redux, has worked in Iraq, El Salvador, Mexico and Guatemala, among other conflict-torn areas.
The special grant for conflict photographers was established in honor of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, who died in April while covering the uprising in Libya. Joan Morgenstern, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, Chris Meledandri, Martha Kellner, Betsy Karel and Neal Baer supported the grant.
According to Terry, the proposals The Aftermath Project received for the grant were so impressive that the organization aims to repeat the grant next year if it can find funding.
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