Joseph Sywenkyj Wins Eugene Smith Grant

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Joseph Sywenkyj, from Verses from a Nation in TransitionJoseph Sywenkyj, from Verses from a Nation in Transition

Joseph Sywenkyj has been awarded the $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant for humanistic photography for 2014. He won for his project Verses from a Nation in Transition, about the ways families in Ukraine have been affected by the crisis in their country. A native of Ukraine who is a U.S. citizen, Sywenkyj has spent more than a decade traveling between Ukraine and New Hampshire  to document his home country.

Also recognized were Moira Saman, who received a $5,000 fellowship for her project Discordia: The Arab Spring, and Murial Hasbun, who was awarded the Howard Chapnick Grant for laberinto project, documenting the history of artists working in Central American after the Salvadoran war.