Jim Hughes was larger than life regarding the Smith Fund. As one of the original founders of the Fund he had shaped its vision and character. And because of him I agreed to become president of the Fund. He made those years I chaired the Fund possible and made it all work successfully. His advice was invaluable. I loved him, his idiosyncrasies — one most charming, do not call in the morning before 11AM, anytime at night was just fine. He was passionate about how the judging for the recipient should be conducted, continually rewriting the rules to be followed, that judging should occur twice, which made it different from other Grants. Some might call him opinionated, and perhaps he was, but he made the Fund the premier Grant in photography which it still is today. He will be sorely missed.
Eugene Smith Memorial Fund