ASX.TV: W. Eugene Smith – “Caregiving Photo Essays”

In this talk, 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.

Documenting Medicine is a program at Duke University which provides Duke physician residents and fellows with the tools and training to use documentary as a way to get to know and better understand patients and their families, as well as care-givers. As part of this program, we host a monthly lecture by documentarians who have produced work in the medical world. For more information about the program, visit: To view other talks in this series, visit:

This program is a partnership between the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and the Graduate Medical Education Department at Duke. Pilot funding has been provided by the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund.

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