Congratulations to 2017 CatchLight Fellow Sarah Blesener on receiving the 2018 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Fellowship to continue work on her project Beckon Us From Home.
Since presenting its first grant in 1980, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund has awarded over one million dollars to photographers who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition in the spirit of Smith’s concern and compassion. The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grants, selected from over 500 worldwide submissions, is presented annually to photographers whose work carries forward the tradition practiced by Eugene Smith during his 45-year photojournalism career. These grants enables recipients to undertake and complete worthy photojournalistic projects.
Sarah's ongoing project Beckon us From Home examines the interplay of religion, love of country, and military-style training in the teaching of ‘New Americanism’ amongst youth. See more of the project here.