2017 Grant Recipients
Mark Peterson, Smith Fund Grant Recipient
In The Past is Never Dead, Mark Peterson photographs the modern-day American confederacy and White Nationalism by taking a close look at its traditions, symbols and leaders, documenting inside homes, schools, and on the streets, as this political and cultural movement establishes the contemporary incarnation of white supremacy.
Read more about this work in The New York Times.
Sarah Blesener, Smith Fellowship Recipient
In Beckon Us From Home, Sarah Blesener photographs patriotic camps and clubs across the nation, where roughly 400,000 children are taught, often with military subtext, what it means to be an American. Here, in this microcosm of a changing nation, teenagers are simultaneously straddling the vulnerability of adolescence and the stripping of individual identity.
Pete Brook, Howard Chapnick Grant Recipient
Pete Brook received the 2018 Howard Chapnick Grant for his proposal to collaborate with incarcerated students to co-author “History 101: Photography In American Prisons,” a course curriculum on images in, and about, carceral sites in the United States.
There is no publicly available curriculum on the history of photography in the prisons of the United States. The curriculum created will be freely available and will be actively distributed to other prison education programs, high schools, colleges, advocacy groups, politicians and other interested parties.
Marwan Bassiouni, Student Grant Recipient
In New Dutch Views Marwan Bassiouni photographs the Dutch landscape from inside Dutch mosques. In the Netherlands, Muslims are the most targeted minority when it comes to hate crimes. In 2016, more than 150 offenses and acts of violence were committed against Dutch Muslims.
Monika Bulaj, Smith Grant Finalist
Broken Songlines || Three Manuscripts shows a journey from China to Europe, the opposite of Marco Polo’s infamous voyage. The project concerns minorities fleeing persecution, nomads and pilgrims. Sponsored by The Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation, the $2,500 awards are presented to Smith Grant finalists whose works the judges deemed as “exceptional and worthy of recognition.”
Enayat Asadi, Smith Grant Finalist
In Rising from the Ashes of War, Enayat Asadi photographs Afghani and Pakistani refugees along the eastern Iranian border. Sponsored by The Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation, the $2,500 awards are presented to Smith Grant finalists whose works the judges deemed as “exceptional and worthy of recognition.”