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W. Eugene Smith Fund : Sale for Documentary Photography


W. Eugene Smith Fund partners with photographers to produce the first ever print sale to support documentary photography around the world.

For the first time in its 41-year history, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund  hosts an online print sale from December 1-14, 2020. The collection of prints was graciously donated by past recipients, fellows, and finalists of the annual Smith Grant over the past 10 years. Prints from 58 internationally renowned photographers including Stephanie Sinclair, Ami Vitale, Nanna Heitman, Bharat Choudhary, and Robin Hammond will be available for purchase at Smith Fund 2020 Print Sale. Included with the print collection is Eugene Smith’s famous “Pride Street” photograph, which was donated by Kevin Smith on behalf of W. Eugene Smith’s estate. All net proceeds from the sale will be used toward the Fund’s 2021 grants and fellowships.

All prints are unsigned, open editions produced as 11×14-inch archival pigment prints on Hahnemühle paper and priced at $150.00 each. Prints will ship in late December from New York and include a certificate of authenticity.

“We are excited and deeply grateful to present our first ever, online print sale thanks to past Smith Fund grant recipients and finalists,” said Phil Block, president of the W. Eugene Smith Fund. “This is an opportunity for art lovers and collectors to purchase exceptional photographs from some of the world’s most renowned photojournalists and documentary photographers while helping the Smith Fund continue its mission to financially support documentary photographers worldwide and give them a platform to share their incredible stories.”

Since its inception in 1979, the W. Eugene Smith Fund has awarded over $1 million to documentary photographers who are dedicated to telling stories with passion, persistence, and perseverance. The Fund’s annual grants and fellowships were never more essential or meaningful than in 2020 when, despite cancellation of fundraising activities and dramatically reduced corporate support due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it presented five documentary photographers each with $10,000 grants. Photographs from this year’s recipients are also represented in the Smith Fund Print Sale

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