Geniuses: Past and Present

In case anyone thinks I don’t know what I’m talking about (and yet, still decides to read this blog), here’s a bit of an “I told you so.”

The 2009 MacArthur Fellows were just announced and among the scientists, writers, economists, doctors and artists was the photographer Lynsey Addario.


Because I recently posted about her, I clearly deserve to share some of the credit. I will hold the honor proudly and humbly.

But, in all seriousness, it’s so exciting to see a photographer recognized and awarded this highly prestigious “genius grant.” Fellows are nominated anonymously and the lucky chosen few receive $500,000 over 5 years with no strings attached.

According to the MacArthur Foundation, the recipients are “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

Addario joins some estimable company which, among many other notable figures, includes another photographer I greatly admire, Fazal Sheikh (his images below).

Many congratulations and much thanks to Addario and all of the other recipients for creating such worthwhile, inspiring and important work.



The Victor Weeps: Afghanistan (Abdul Aziz holding a photograph of his brother, Mula Abdul Hakim) 1997

Fazal Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh

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