Magnum Foundation

Circle of Friends

The Circle of Friends was conceived around a dinner table with a group of committed individuals who recognized the significance and urgent need for creative approaches to visual storytelling that would raise awareness, awaken empathy and strengthen civil society.

Join Us. As a member of the Magnum Foundation Circle of Friends, you become an essential partner in keeping critical eyes on the world. Each member makes a sustaining annual pledge of $1,000 for three consecutive years. It is with your support that the Magnum Foundation ensures a standard of excellence and innovation in the field, and inspires dialogue on the pressing issues of our time through diverse voices.

As part of our Circle of Friends, you will have the opportunity to meet and engage with dedicated documentary photographers. From unique salons and artist receptions to book launches and spirited panel discussions, our members enjoy special invitations throughout the year.

We welcome you. And we love to share our work with you.


For questions and comments, please feel free to call us directly at 212.219.1248. 

The globetrotting Magnum photographer is a cultural and style icon. Once a year these men and women gather in New York, Paris, or London to talk shop and swap stories. In 2014, the inaugural year of our Circle of Friends, they took time out from their annual meeting to let us hear what's usually discussed only behind closed doors.

Our salons bring together the Circle of Friends with photographers supported by the Magnum Foundation in a spirit of shared stories and thoughtful connection.