SUPPORTING NEW PRODUCTION
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.
Since 2010, Magnum Foundation has made more than 250 direct grants to photographers. Through production funds and project development assistance, we support both emerging and recognized artists at various stages of their processes.
Selected projects engage with a range of styles, from classic reportage to more conceptual frameworks, and explore new visual approaches, such as collaborating with other disciplines or experimenting with emerging technologies.
We work with an international committee of nominators to ensure we are inviting proposals from people whose authorship is underrepresented within the field of documentary photography.
Over 60% of grantees are from outside the US and Western Europe, with emphasis on photographers working within their own communities.
Mentoring the next generation
Magnum Foundation’s fellowship programs train emerging photographers, artists, and activists from around the world who are passionate about challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography.
Intensive group workshops and long-term individual mentorship support fellows in using their creative skills to inspire movements, to witness, to resist oppression, to pose the difficult questions, and to stimulate debate and awareness about critical social issues.
Since 2010, we have trained 67 young image-makers from 42 countries to be effective storytellers, creative leaders, and change makers. Our fellows have become models and resources for other early-career practitioners, cultivating an international network of peer support.
Experimentation and New Ideas
Through project development labs, hands-on workshops, and an annual full-day symposium for over 300 attendees, Magnum Foundation is creating opportunities for image-makers to learn from one another across disciplines and explore new digital storytelling tools for increasing the impact of their work. Fostering experimentation and innovation in visual storytelling is critical for expanding the potential of photography to challenge the traditional perception of what documentary photography is and what it can achieve.
On such themes as data security, digital interventions, and augmented reality, participating photographers are able to work closely with coders, designers, and engagement strategists to most creatively and effectively push their projects beyond the still image. Oftentimes, these events are a catalyst for new projects and partnerships.
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Alice Sachs Zimet
The work of Magnum Foundation is made possible through the generosity of Open Society Foundations, Henry Luce Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, Acton Family Giving, Compton Foundation, Cultures of Resistance Network Foundation, and Bertha Foundation.
Additional program support is provided by the Achelis and Bodman Foundation, Rosenthal Family Foundation, Fledgling Fund, Andrew and Marina Lewin Family Foundation, Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation, Select Equity Group Foundation, Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, Three Guineas Fund, and The Henry Nias Foundation.
Support is also provided by Magnum Foundation's Circle of Friends and the generosity of individual donors.
Our programs and projects are produced in collaboration with partners including Magnum Photos, the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Aperture Foundation, FABnyc, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, ChinaFile, the Prince Claus Fund, and the Bronx Documentary Center.