Magnum Foundation was established by the photographers of Magnum Photos in 2007. Amidst the collapse of a media system that had traditionally supported documentary photography, Magnum Foundation was conceived to empower independent, long-form visual storytelling on social issues.
Our work is grounded in the belief that images are a powerful tool for engaging issues and ideas, and that stories told in creative new ways by image-makers working within their own communities have the possibility to transform how we see and understand the world. Our programming has benefitted more than 500 photographers worldwide through grantmaking, training, mentorship, and strategic collaborations.
As the new landscape for photography projects became a permanent reality, Magnum Foundation has been at the forefront of creating new models for projects that pave the way for an expansive future for documentary photography.