Magnum Foundation champions in-depth, independent documentary photography that fosters empathy, engagement, and positive social change.
Magnum Photos is renowned for producing iconic images that have shaped our perceptions and understanding of world events since 1947. The photographers of Magnum Photos established the Magnum Foundation in 2007 to uphold the highest standards in journalism and artistic excellence.
With more cameras, phones, and images than ever imagined, the world is now exposed to a constant stream of content — often lacking important context. The media landscape has changed rapidly over the last decade, and with it, resources have diminished for independent documentary photographers to create in-depth, thoughtful work in the public interest.
Magnum Foundation embraces the challenges of this shifting paradigm. We provide documentary photographers with what they need to produce meaningful, high-impact visual stories. We are grant-makers, collaborators, and thought leaders who believe in the use of photography as a tool for global engagement and social change. Transcending issues, borders and disciplines, the Magnum Foundation is bringing together a network of support and inspiration to sustain dedicated, creative, and critical eyes on the world.
Additional project-specific support is made possible through the Achelis Foundation, Andrew and Marina Lewin Family Foundation, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Asia Society, Atlantic Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, New World Foundation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Prince Claus Foundation, Rosenthal Family Foundation and The Fledgling Fund.
Corporate and in-kind support is provided by Magnum Photos, Select Equity Group, Maverick Steel Enterprises, Gotham Imaging, Cushing Digital Printing Services, and Twilio.org.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chris Klatell, Chairman of the Board
Member, Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman, PC
Susan Meiselas, President
Photographer and Educator
Peter van Agtmael
Director of Finance at The Center for Popular Democracy
Photographer and Professor of Art at the California College of Arts
Program Officer at Rita Allen Foundation
Social Entrepreneur and President of Three Guineas Fund
Writer and Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society