Robert Giard’s Return to the East End

Posted on 19 August 2014

"Hedge and Hillocks," a photograph by Robert Giard.

“Hedge and Hillocks,” a photograph by Robert Giard.

By Sam Mason-Jones

Robert Girard is remembered as one of the East End’s most enterprising and successful photographers, with his career spent capturing the formal likenesses of an array of literary figures, including Edward Albee, Allen Ginsberg and Adrienne Rich. Since his death in 2002, the Robert Giard Fellowship has channeled the spirit of Mr. Giard, supporting visual artists with the awarding of an annual grant.

After 12 years of operating out of New York City, the Robert Giard Fellowship is returning to the photographer’s East End home for a benefit. The evening will take place at the home of Sue Shapiro at 280 Gerard Drive in Springs on Sunday, August 24, between 5 and 7 p.m. In addition to the silent auction of one of Mr. Giard’s original works, “Hedge and Hillocks, 1984,” the evening will include a speech from the guest of honor, Mark Doty, an American poet and memoirist, and winner of the National Book Award for Poetry.

Tickets for the event are $125 and can be purchased at

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