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Darcy Padilla’s Julie Project: when photography becomes humanitarian

Darcy Padilla’s award-winning 18-year project documents the life and death of one woman, capturing in miniature the plight of America‘s ‘permanent poor’
“In November, Darcy Padilla, a San Francisco-based documentary photographer, was awarded the 2010 W Eugene Smith award in humanistic photography. The award, which includes a $30,000 grant, is bestowed annually on a photographer who upholds the tradition of what the judges describe as Smith’s “concerned photography and dedicated passion”. Padilla certainly fits the bill.” From the Guardian

    Life … a doctor holds Julie’s baby, Elyssa, for her to see. Photograph: Darcy PadillaIn November, Darcy Padilla, a San Francisco-based documentary photographer, was awarded the 2010 W Eugene Smith award in humanistic photography. The award, which includes a $30,000 grant, is bestowed annually on a photographer who upholds the tradition of what the judges describe as Smith’s “concerned photography and dedicated passion”. Padilla certainly fits the bill. 

From the Guardian…

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