Schindler Appointed Treasurer of W. Eugene Smith Fund For Humanistic Photography. 2013 Grants Issued at SVA Theatre.

October 2013 – I’m proud to announce that the Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Fund has reappointed me as Treasurer of the Fund for a second year. I served as Secretary of the Board for the three years prior to becoming Treasurer.

The W. Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography is a non-profit organization that issues annual grants to photojournalists to pursue photographic projects focusing on the human condition in the spirit of W. Eugene Smith, the famous LIFE magazine photographer. My tasks include fundraising and producing the annual grant ceremony at the School of Visual Arts. (I secured Canon USA’s sponsorship for the past four years.) My fellow board members are affiliated with Christie’s, International Center of Photography, Getty Images,  Harbers Family Foundation, Photo District News, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and other leading photography organizations.

On October 16th, the Board announced that New Zealand photographer Robin Hammond was the recipient of the $30,000 2013 W.Eugene Smith Grant for  Condemned — Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis, an intense look at the suffering of the mentally ill and how Government and society have ignored the neediest.  Hammond visited several regions including South Sudan, Mogadishu and Somalia, among others, to create awareness about the neglect, abuse, and politics that feed this crisis. He will use the grant to continue the project with the aim of providing a voice for those who could not provide one for themselves.  The fund presented the grant to Robin in front of an audience of more than 300 attendees at its annual grant ceremony at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre on West 23rd street in New York City.

In addition, Javier Arcenillas from Spain received the $5,000 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship for Red Note – Violence in Latin America. His project explores street violence in Latin American, now considered one of the most violent regions in the world.

Smith Grant recipients were selected from entries received from photographers from more than 42 countries.

Scott Anderson, a veteran war correspondent and author of this year’s critically acclaimed bestseller Lawrence in Arabia, gave the keynote presentation. Mr. Anderson is a novelist and frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Harper’s and Outside.

In an environment where newspapers and weekly news magazines are closing and assignments are few, the grant enables photographers to cover and educate the public about issues that affect our daily lives with a graphic strength that attracts one’s intellectual curiosity and pulls heart strings. I’m proud to help keep the torch of concerned photojournalism burning. The fund is accepting entries for the 2014 grant.


Legal & Business Seminar for NY Women in Film and Television: Sept 22, 6.30pm

On Wednesday, September 22nd,  entertainment attorney Nicole Page and I co-presented Company Formation,  Partnerships, and Collaborations, a legal and business seminar for New York Women in Film and Television.  We discussed business entities, buy-sell agreements, employee benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans, and how to define and quantify business goals and financial strategies. The seminar was attended by 40 lively and inquisitive NYWIFT members.

Nicole Page, Partner, Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP, specializes in entertainment, intellectual property and employment law.


Client Connect: NYC Showcase of Nicki Parrott’s Peggy Lee, Big Instruments, & Other Weapons of Mass Distraction on Sept. 23, 2010

As part of Client Connect, I co-produced acclaimed jazz singer and bassist Nicki Parrott in Peggy Lee, Big Instruments and Other Weapons of Mass Distraction. The cabaret theater show had its New York City premiere in front of a packed audience at the Metropolitan Room on September 23, 2010.

Peggy Lee, Big Instruments and Other Weapons of Mass Distraction was developed by Artistic Director Michael Bush at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Cabaret Performance Conference in Waterford, Connecticut in August 2010. The O’Neill won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Regional Theater.

Formerly Les Paul’s bass player, Nicki regularly headlines at jazz festivals and clubs around the world, and tours as a member of Klezmer Madness.

Watching and listening to Nicki Parrott perform is like discovering a pearl.  My goal is share and promote Nicki’s unique package of talents beyond jazz to the world’s of cabaret and popular music.


Tax Day 2010:  Finding Balance On and Off the Mat

On April 15, 2010, Wealth Advisory Group CEO Howard Elias and I showed 57 yogis how to restore rhythm, strengthen their financial cores, and “build financial sustainability and abundance” at Manhattan’s west side Pure Yoga (rated the best yoga club in NY, 2009 and 2010 – NY Magazine). The event was sponsored by Wealth Advisory Group LLC, Alice’s Tea Cup, Pour Wines and Pure Yoga, as part of a continuing series of events presented for clients, their guests, and the general public.

Health clubs are appropriate venues to bring financial planning to the public. Our physical health and fiscal wealth are intertwined and affect one another. Physical and fiscal balance are key to our well-being and happiness.  The large turnout and active audience participation at Pure demonstrated that the public is keenly interested in finding financial balance in this difficult economic time.


Client Connect: Magazines, Galleries & Fine Photography

As part of “Client Connect,” I am working with Ralph Toporoff, a photojournalist filmmaker, to market his still reportage and fine art imagery from the 1960s to magazine editors and gallery curators. Over the past three years, I have helped Ralph curate and install his exhibits of single image prints and fused photo murals at Verlaine’s in New York’s East Village.

Viewing Ralph’s work is like discovering hidden treasure. He has captured the essence of sixties culture in his beautiful cinematic reportage of jazz musicians at play in the Paris nightclub scene, Claudia Cardinale and Burt Lancaster acting and relaxing on the set of Luciano Visconti’s The Leopard, and denizens enjoying Coney Island’s amusements.

Ralph  began his career in the 60s with international magazines including Look, Paris Match, Gente, and Der Spiegel.

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