In this talk, “W. Eugene Smith’s Caregiving Photo Essays,” writer Sam Stephenson examines Smith’s career-long concern with caregiving, including his famous photographic essays such as “Nurse Midwife,” “Country Doctor,” “Albert Schweitzer: A Man of Mercy,” and “Minimata.”
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.
In 2010, the Duke Graduate Medical Education Innovation Fund provided seed funding to pilot Documenting Medicine, which pairs Duke physician residents and fellows with documentarians at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies to produce documentary work exploring medical issues.