Fine Art Photography

Anatomy of a Successful Grant Application: Tim Matsui on the Women’s Initiative Grant

November 28, 2012

By David Walker

© 2007 Tim Matsui

Prostitute Srey Bee relaxes before a night of sex work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She lives with other prostitutes in a slum known for its gangs, prostitution and high rate of HIV infection.

In August, photographer Tim Matsui won Alexia Foundation’s inaugural Women’s Initiative grant of $25,000. In his grant application, he had proposed to document, in Seattle, new approaches to an old problem: the sex trafficking of minors. Matsui says he won not on the strength of his images—the two other finalists had better portfolios, a juror told him—but on the strength...

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