BY DAVID WALKER
ANATOMY OF A SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATION
© LINDA ROSIER
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The photographer beat out 182 other applicants for the $20,000 grant
with a proposal that showed imagination and stretched boundaries.
But he also kept it focused, explained his project in simple terms and
presented images that showed how he would execute it. By David Walker
THIS PAST NOVEMBER, NEW YORK CITY-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER ANDREW LICHTENSTEIN WON THE
2012 Aftermath Project Grant for his project called “American Memory.” It is a series of landscape photographs
of sites around the U.S. where historic struggles for civil rights, labor rights and Native American rights took
place decades ago, so obvious signs of those struggles have long faded.
The $20,000 Aftermath Project Grant is intended to support photo projects about the after effects of war.
Most of the six grants awarded previously were for projects exploring the open, visible wounds of recent conflicts and ethnic strife outside the U.S.
Lichtenstein thought his entry would be a long shot, so he contacted Aftermath Project founder Sara
Terry to ask if it was too much of a stretch. She encouraged him to apply. Lichtenstein also notes, “The big
problem with this story is trying to capture what doesn’t exist there anymore. It’s hard to photograph the
© LARISSA SANSOUR
The Lacoste Elysée Photo Prize collapsed because
of controversy over Larissa Sansour’s
“Nation Estate” project.
Lacoste Elysée Photo Prize Cancelled
Over Censorship Controversy
25,000 photo competition imploded
over the exclusion of a finalist for a project
that was allegedly “too pro-Palestinian.”
Photographer, Reporter Convicted
in Ethiopian Show Trial
Relying on doctored evidence and a
presumption of guilt, an Ethiopian court
has declared Swedish photojournalist Johan
Persson and reporter Martin Schibbye guilty
of supporting terrorism. They were given 11-
year jail sentences. http://bit.ly/tAnyl6
© ANDRE W LICH TENS TEIN
Photogs Show Up On List of
A number of U.S. photographers may be
able to collect royalties they never knew
were owed to them, thanks to the efforts of
the Authors Coalition of America to collect
payment for photocopies of works by U.S.
authors that are made in foreign countries.
Lichtenstein impressed jurors with his fresh look at U.S. history. Above: Women at the bus stop where
Rosa Parks began her famous 1955 ride.
Vanity Fair Names New
The culture magazine named Judith
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