Sheikh will receive the museum’s annual Lou Stoumen Prize at a ceremony on Friday, but on Thursday night gave a public lecture, showing many of his photos and explaining the stories behind them.
“The way in which I photograph is painfully simple,” he told the San Diego audience, explaining how he works in “spaces where people endure over time.”
“I do love the idea that a picture can move different people,” he said. “An honest and gentle rendering of something is an offering.”
Sheikh, a MacArthur Fellow and Princeton University graduate, said many human communities endure great hardships, and “you and I could be in those same circumstances.”
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