Peter van Agtmael has been named the winner of the 2012 W. Eugene Smith Fund Grant in Humanistic Photography. Van Agtmael, a Brooklyn, New York photographer represented by Magnum Photos, plans to use the grant to work on “Disco Night September 11.” The project will explore the lives of people affected by the American-lead wars that followed the terrorist attacks of September 11, including people in Afghanistan and Iraq, and refugees in the U.S., Europe, and especially other countries in the Middle East. The grant was announced at a ceremony in New York, October 17.
Massimo Berruti of Italy received the $5,000 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship for his project, The Dusty Path, which looks at violence and political corruption in Pakistan.
Jury chair Lauren Wendle, president and publisher of Photo District News (a Smith Fund board member), Kira Pollack, director of photography at Time, and writer and curator Susan Bright selected the grant and fellowship winners from entries received from more than 43 countries.
For more on the finalists for the W. Eugene Smith Grant and the winner of the Howard Chapnick Grant, see our news story on PDNOnline.
Photo: © Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos. Caption: Pech Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, 2007. “A number of strays hung around Patrol Base California, waiting for food and company. Usually the soldiers welcomed them. But I was told that a few weeks earlier, when one of the dogs urinated on a soldier’s cot, he and his buddies shot the dog to pieces.”
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