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Scott Dalton named the 2011 Grant Recipient of the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is proud to announce that Scott Dalton is the 2011 grant recipient of the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund).  The MPS Fund’s 2011 juror was Tom Rankin, the Director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Rankin selected Dalton’s project titled “So Close, So Far: Daily Life and Cartel Violence in Ciudad Juárez.” 
With the help of the MPS Fund grant, Dalton will continue his project documenting daily life in Ciudad Juarez. Dalton writes, “As a photographer I am interested in the often fragile relationship between people and the places they live, in how individuals, environment, and history can meld or collide to create a region with its own culture. I am exploring these ideas through images of daily life in a place where the drug war calls the very concept of ‘daily life’ into question.”
To learn more about Scott Dalton’s project and to see a selection of photographs from his portfolio, please visit: