Magnum Foundation: expanding creativity and diversity in documentary photography.

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. 

Core support for Magnum Foundation is made possible through the generosity of Open Society FoundationsPanta Rhea FoundationCompton Foundation and Bertha Foundation

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




Susan Meiselas, President
Photographer and Educator

Peter van Agtmael

Claire Davis
Director of Finance at The Center for Popular Democracy  

Stuart Franklin

Jim Goldberg
Photographer and Professor of Art at the California College of Arts

Thomas Hoepker

Jonathan Kartt
Program Officer at Rita Allen Foundation 

Chris Klatell
Member, Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman, PC

Cate Muther
Social Entrepreneur and President of Three Guineas Fund

Orville Schell
Writer and Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society