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2013 Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation Fellowship Recipients

by: Ahrin Mishan | Mon, Feb 25, 2013 |

The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation and the International Center of Photography (ICP) are proud to announce that Antonio Bolfo, Eric Michael Johnson, and Ramon Ruis Sampaio, have been named recipients of the 2013 Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation Fellowship. Each will receive a grant of $10,000 in support of an exemplary photographic project that addresses a critical issue in healthcare today and will be mentored by an appointed member of ICP’s faculty. 

The goal of the Fellowship is to establish, over time, a body of work chronicling the increasingly complex story of health and healthcare in America. These images, we hope, will help to increase our understanding of the challenges that patients, caregivers, and communities face in uncertain times.

Antonio Bolfo graduated from ICP in 2009 and is working as a Reportage by Getty Images Photographer. His project focuses on emergency care for people living below the poverty linein Chicago. Many are HIV positive living in squalid conditions.

Eric Michael Johnson graduated from ICP in 2010 and has been working on the subject of healing since he was a student. His project explores the intimate relationship between hospice care and the elderly, specifically how nurses take on the work of doctors in some rural areas without access to physicians.

Ramon Ruiz Sampaio graduated from ICP in 2012 and is continuing his project on Parkinson’s disease, which he began as a student. The project focuses on one man’s battle with the disease, told through intimate black-and-white photographs. Sampaio hopes to continue this work in Mexico and make a comparison with the health care system there and in the U.S.


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