On Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by photographer Emily Schiffer, recipient of the inaugural Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture. The talk will take place in the downtown museum’s auditorium.

The lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition “Emily Schiffer — Cheyenne River,” which is on display in the Farnsworth’s Craig Gallery through Jan. 16. Schiffer developed this body of work while teaching with My Viewpoint, a youth photography program she founded in 2005 on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. When teaching, she and her students photograph alongside each other, creating images that “explore play as a vehicle through which youth reveal and negotiate their emotions, traumas and desires.”

Judged as a separate category in the Photo District News Photo Annual competition, the Arnold Newman Prize recognizes an individual for his or her innovative approach to photographic portraiture and awards the individual $15,000 and an exhibition of the work at the Farnsworth. Final judging for the 2010 Arnold Newman Prize was conducted by a panel of respected and influential members of the photographic community including New York City gallery owner Howard Greenberg and Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky.

Schiffer, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., received her bachelor or arts degree in fine art and African American studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. In 2005, she founded the My Viewpoint Youth Photography Initiative, where she continues to teach and photograph. Schiffer was the recipient of a 2006 to 2007 Fulbright Fellowship in Photography; the 2009 Inge Morath Award, presented by Magnum Photos and the Inge Morath Foundation; and was the 2010 winner of the PDN Photo Annual Personal Project Category. Schiffer has exhibited her photographs internationally. Her work is in the collections of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan; Foto Baryo, Philippines; and the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colo.

The fee for this lecture is $8, $5 for museum members. For more information or to register, visit farnsworthmuseum.org/education or call the Education Department at 596-0949.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.