Documenting Medicine Series: Sam Stephenson on W. Eugene Smith’s Caregiving Photo-Essays

Sam Stephenson. Photograph by Jason Goodman.

Monday, October 10, 6-7 p.m.
Alan Barrus Room 3031, Duke University Medical Center (South), Third Floor (Purple Zone), Durham, North Carolina

Sam Stephenson (born in 1966 in Chapel Hill) is a writer who grew up in Washington, North Carolina. Since 1997 he has been studying the life and work of photographer W. Eugene Smith and has authored three books on Smith’s work, including The Jazz Loft Project (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009), accompanied by a traveling exhibition, a public radio series, and a website, which together won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Prize. Currently Stephenson is working on Chaos Manor, an experimental theater adaptation of the Jazz Loft Project, and a biography of Smith for Farrar, Straus and Giroux that will examine Smith’s career-long concern with caregiving, including famous photographic essays such as “Nurse Midwife,” “Country Doctor,” “Albert Schweitzer: A Man of Mercy,” and “Minimata.”

Stephenson will share this work as part of the Documenting Medicine speaker series. Talks, held on the second Monday of each month through April, will also be available as podcasts.



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