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W. Eugene Smith Talk

At the Top of the World: Photography Today with Kira Pollack in Conversation with Jonathan D. Woods

Tuesday, April 1

6:30 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 27th Street New York, NY


This event is free for students with I.D. and Members of Aperture at the $50 level and above.

TIME magazine’s unprecedented triple-fold cover for the March 17, 2014 issue features a spectacular bird’s-eye view of One World Trade Center. Kira Pollack, director of photography and visual enterprise at TIME, will interview Jonathan D. Woods, TIME’s photo and interactive senior editor, about how he and Michael Franz created this image, a photographic collaboration that took many months from conception to execution. The 360-degree photograph was made from over 567 images taken over a five-hour period, with a camera mounted on a twelve-foot aluminum pole attached to the spire. Pollack and Woods will take the audience through this process with stills and video, and address the promise of photography today.

This conversation is part of the W. Eugene Smith Talks, a series of collaborations between the Fund and Aperture Foundation celebrating the legacy of W. Eugene Smith today. Smith was a classic photographic storyteller, and the Smith Fund works to support that tradition.

W. Eugene Smith was a photographic essayist who is remembered for his concerned photography and the dedicated compassion he exhibited during his forty-five-year career. The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, established in 1978, is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows that tradition.

Submissions for this year’s grant are accepted from now until May 31, 2014. This year’s recipient will be announced on Wednesday, October 15, at a ceremony at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York. Admission is free. For more information, see

Image: The March 17, 2014 issue of TIME magazine, featuring a panoramic photo taken from atop 1 World Trade Center in New York. (Jonathan D. Woods and Michael Franz for TIME)

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the board and members of Aperture Foundation.


At the Top of the World: Photography Today with Kira Pollack in Conversation with Jonathan D. Woods