Photo by Yan Cong
The Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography supports photographers to address pressing social issues that are impacting China and its relations with the world that have not received the attention they deserve.
ANNOUNCING THE 2016 ABIGAIL COHEN FELLOWS
We are very excited about this year’s fellows, two photographers we are proud to honor for the creativity and conceptual rigor they are bringing to documentary photography: Yan Cong and Mari Bastashevski.
Yan Cong is a talented young photographer who we are eager to see more from; her proposal to look at the lead up to China’s 2022 Olympics and the ways that it reveals the realities and absurdities of local politics will be fascinating to follow as it progresses. We have been supporters and admirers of Mari Bastashevski’s work since awarding her a Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grant in 2013. Her smartly conceived proposal to track the flow of goods out of China through shipping routes is highly original and extremely compelling.
— Kristen Lubben, Executive Director
At a moment when the world is more engaged with China than ever before, Magnum Foundation has joined together with ChinaFile, a project of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, to provide two fellowship grants each year to photographers to support the creation of new work. This fellowship is supported by Betsy Z. and Edward E. Cohen and named in memory of their daughter.
Applicants are selected from a list submitted by a diverse group of photography professionals and invited to each submit a proposal. Launched in February 2013, ChinaFile's mission is to broaden its readers' understanding of China and to spark new conversation about China's place in the world.
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