About Us 

Magnum Foundation expands creativity and diversity in documentary photography, activating new audiences and ideas through the innovative use of images. Through grantmaking, mentoring, and creative collaborations, we partner with socially engaged imagemakers experimenting with new models for storytelling.

We are committed to supporting a global network of social justice and human rights-focused photographers. We are also active participants in our local arts and activist community on New York City's Lower East Side. As we expand possibilities for the next generation of photographers, we also work to preserve the histories of humanistic and documentary photography, including the larger Magnum Photos community.

Our work is grounded in the belief that images are a powerful tool for engaging issues and ideas. Stories told in creative new ways by imagemakers working within their own communities have the possibility to transform how we see and understand the world.


Our History

Magnum Foundation was founded in 2007, in the midst of the collapse of the media system that had traditionally supported photographic reporting. Founded by the photographers of the Magnum Photos collective including board president Susan Meiselas, the organization was conceived as an initiative to support independent, long-form visual storytelling on social issues. As the new landscape for photography projects became a permanent reality, Magnum Foundation has been at the forefront of creating experimental new models for projects that pave the way for an expansive, diverse, and creative future for documentary photography.



Susan Meiselas

Kristen Lubben
Executive Director

Ryan Buckley
Archive Manager

Noelle Flores Théard
Programs Manager

Africia Heiderhoff
Operations Coordinator

Alexis Lambrou
Program Associate

Kristin Oliver
Development Associate

Emma Raynes
Director of Programs

Simone Salvo
Manager of Communications and Events



Susan Meiselas
Peter van Agtmael
Claire Davis
Lisa Garrison

Jim Goldberg
Mark Jackson
Jonathan Kartt
Cate Muther

Eli Reed
Orville Schell
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, CUNY School of Journalism, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Aperture Foundation, Fourth Arts Block, Mother Jones, ChinaFile, the Prince Claus Fund, FujiFilm, and the Bronx Documentary Center.