Venezuela native Victor Sira explains how his Guggenheim-funded story on
immigration has been "a process of self discovery."
Victor Sira has applied for so many photography grants, he knew before even opening the envelope from the Guggenheim Foundation that he'd won a 2006 fellowship.
"I know how much the letter weighs," he explains. "This one was heavier."
Sira was awarded the fellowship of more than $30,000 for his "Uprooted" project, which examines three stages of immigration: the homeland, the move, and life in a new country. He has been working on "Uprooted" for a decade, and actually wrapped it up before the Guggenheim letter arrived.