2009 W. Eugene Smith Grant

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund has awarded its 2009 Grant in Humanistic Photography to Lu Guang.

Lu Guang has been documenting the ecological disasters in China resulting from the rapid growth of the economy since 2005, focusing on environmental pollution and the problem of schistosomiasis (bilharzia). Over the last three decades, peoples’ living standards have constantly been on the rise in the country. At the same time, industrial pollution has brought serious consequences for public health and for the environment at large.

The jury also awarded a $5,000 fellowship to Krisanne Johnson of Brooklyn for her work on young women coming of age in Swaziland, which has the world’s highest rate of HIV infection.

Three other finalists were recognized:

Matt Eich for Carry Me Home Ohio

Johan Spanner for The Sworn Virgins of Albania

Joseph Sywenkyj for Verses

© Lu Guang

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