2012 Inge Morath Award Winner
Isadora Kosofsky (US) is the recipient of the 2012 IM Award for her proposal Selections from "The Three" and "This Existence." The finalists for the IM Award were Maria Pleshkova (RU), for her project Days of War: A Pillowbook, and Carlotta Zarattini (IT), for her project The White Building.
Each June, the winner of the Inge Morath Award is selected by the full membership of Magnum Photos, and the Director of the Inge Morath Foundation, during the annual Magnum meeting. The Award of $5,000 is given by the Magnum Foundation, in cooperation with the IM Foundation, to a female photographer under the age of 30, to support the completion of a long-term documentary project.
Kosofsky is 18 years old, and began her work with the elderly after the death of her grandmother, who raised her. "Grief following my grandmother's death led me to document the lives and relationships of the elderly, particularly women, in Los Angeles over the course of four years," Kosofsky writes. She will use the Award to continue that project, and also to expand it. "I seek to further develop my documentation, and The Inge Morath Award will permit me to do so. I wish to not only expand my existing narratives but also to document the elderly in France, a different cultural setting."
Isadora Kosofsky's winning proposal will be presented in full in IM Magazine, the web-based publication of the Inge Morath Foundation, in September, 2012, followed by the proposals of the finalists, Maria Pleshkova and Carlotta Zarattini. Kosofsky's project "The Three" was featured in Le Monde in June 2012, and on TIME Lightbox in May. She was nominated in 2010 for the prize for "Single Editorial Image," and in 2009 for "Social Documentary Essay," at the 2010 New York Photo Festival. Kosofsky also founded the Photo-dialectic therapy: Photographic Documentation Project, at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, to engage chronically ill children and their families through photography. The program was in operation from 2008 – 10.
Photo © Isadora Kosofsky, 2012
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Voices from Burma Recap
The Words of Kyaw Zwar produced by Takaaki Okada includes images courtesy of Lu Nan, Magnum Photos and an original soundtrack by Shoko Nagai and Satoshi Takeishi. This piece is the first in a series of creative collaborations with Voice of Witness and made possible by the generous support of the Panta Rhea Foundation.
Commissioned by the Magnum Foundation, Chien-Chi Chang's video, Burma Land of Shadows offers a unique perspective on current day Burma by incorporating strong visual imagery with an evocative soundtrack. For more information on Chien-Chi's photography you can visit Magnum Photos.
"We Are Free But We Are Not" features the work of photographer James Mackay.
Voices from Burma EventPresented by the Asia Society, Pen American Center, Open Society Foundations,
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Magnum Foundation Announces 2011 Award Winners
July 5th 2011 --The Magnum Foundation has named the winners of the Inge Morath Award, the Young Photographer in the Caucasus Award, and the Emerging Photographer Award.
Inge Morath Award The Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation are pleased to announce Zhe Chen has won the 2011 Inge Morath Award for her project "Bees." The award is given annually to a female photographer under the age of 30.
Giving Trees at 25 CPW GALLERYThe Magnum Foundation's BE SEEN project held its first fundraising exhibition, GIVING TREES, at 25 CPW Gallery Dec 3rd through Jan 9th 2011.
The GIVING TREES exhibit brought together images drawn from the Magnum Photos archive, each one celebrating the tree and its essential place in our world's landscape. In addition, the exhibit focused on the necessity of acting now to "Re-Green the World." The proceeds from the sale of these prints were shared between the Magnum Foundation and the Green World Campaign, a non-profit organization that plants trees to restore the ecology and economy of some of the world's poorest places.
Participating Magnum photographers included Jonas Bendiksen, Bruce Davidson, Martine Franck, Stuart Franklin, Jean Gaumy, Jim Goldberg, Harry Gruyaert, Gilles Peress, Danny Lyon, Peter Marlow, Steve McCurry, Trent Parke, Geuorgui Pinkhassov, Mark Power, Alec Soth, Larry Towell and John Vink.
Through an open call submission process, the following photographers also participated, Jane Fulton Alt, Scott Brauer, Neil Craver, Benjamin Dimmitt, Lewis Francis, Lucy Helton, Keryn Huang, Eirik Johnson, Daniel Kukla, Minny Lee and Ruben E. Reyes.
Bruce Davidson speaking at 25 CPW Gallery on January 6, 2011. Photo by Geordie Wood
Magnum Foundation at NY ArmoryThe Magnum Foundation made its first public appearance at the tenth edition of The Armory Show in New York City, March 27-30, 2008. As one of only six selected non-profits to participate this year, the booth generated a tremendous amount of positive interest from the general art-going public, the media, and photography aficionados familiar with Magnum's past. Special thanks to Leslie Simitch and Damon Brandt who donated their curatorial expertise for this exciting event.
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