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21 May 2016

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 136th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Luminous Endowment for Photographers.

It's a fitting tribute to Michael Reichmann, who established the Endowment for Photographers in 2014 to provide grants to photographers of all nationalities and inclinations so they could follow their dreams. Reichmann called it "paying forward." Here's how he put it in announcing the Endowment:

There is often no way to repay those who throughout our lives have helped us along the way to personal and professional achievement. As my legacy contribution to photography I am creating The Luminous Endowment for Photographers, a not-for-profit entity which will provide scholarships, grants and awards to photographers world-wide.

This 7:29 minute video features Reichmann himself announcing the Endowment and encouraging photographers to apply and others to donate. He mentions a few enducements for donations that are no longer available but the big enducement remains as compelling as it ever was.

Give back.

We've published a number of stories about the Endowment since its inception, including lists of the individual grants and their award winners. Here's a list of our main stories in chronological order:

Life often pre-empts our chance to express our admiration and affection for someone while they are still around to appreciate it. Shocked, we mourn our loss.

But the Endowment gives us a chance to do something more than merely mourn the loss of Michael Reichmann. It affords an opportunity to give back a little of what he gave to us.

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