Thelonious Monk and Town Hall Band in rehearsal c. 1959 W. Eugene Smith Archive, Courtesy of CCP

Thelonious Monk and Town Hall Band in rehearsal c. 1959 W. Eugene Smith Archive, Courtesy of CCP

Thursday, October 17, 2019
The School of Visual Arts Theatre

333 West 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:15 p.m.)


Keynote Presentation

Susan Zirinsky, President & Senior Executive Producer of CBS News
The acclaimed journalist and news executive (who served as the inspiration for Holly Hunter’s character in the film “Broadcast News”) began her career in the CBS Washington bureau two weeks after the Watergate break-in. Over the next four decades, Zirisnky produced award-winning documentaries, specials, and programs. Covering historic stories, from the Gulf War, to the Tiananmen Square uprising, the 9/11 attacks to the Parkland mass shooting. The senior executive producer of “48 hours,” she has been honored with Emmys, the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, and the George Foster Peabody Award.

A Special Presentation: The Smith Photographic Legacy

Andrew Levitas, Director, Minamata (2020)

A Tribute to Jim Hughes

By Fred Ritchin and Eugene Richards

Remembering the initiator and co-founder of the W. Eugene Smith Fund and the author of “W. Eugene Smith: Shadow and Substance — The Life and Work of an American Photographer”

Announcement and Presentations of:

The 2019 W. Eugene Smith Grant of $40,000
The 2019 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship of $5,000
Two 2019 W. Eugene Smith Leonian Finalist Awards of $2,500
The 2019 Howard Chapnick Grant of $5,000
The 2019 W. Eugene Smith Student Grant of $4,000

The program includes presentations of photo essays by this year’s fellowship and grant recipients, plus finalists.

Reception to Follow

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant is presented annually to photographers whose work carries forward the tradition practiced by Eugene Smith during his 45-year photojournalism career. The grant enables recipients to undertake and complete worthy photojournalistic projects.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is supported by generous contributions from The Incite Project, Herb Ritts Foundation, The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Canon USA, Carla Shen, Chris Schott, and Dora Somosi. Additional support is provided by Aperture, Brilliant Graphics, Center for Creative Photography (CCP), the International Center of Photography, MediaStorm, Photo District News (PDN), the School of Visual Arts MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department, the School of Visual Arts MPS Digital Photography and Synergy Communications Inc.


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FREE Admission

Seating is Limited

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.