Visual storytelling to advance social justice

 

From production grants to intensive mentorship and educational programs, Magnum Foundation offers a range of opportunities for visual storytellers to pursue independent, long-term projects and experiment with new models of documentary practice.

 

Magnum Foundation’s grants allow photographers the time, space, and resources to focus on producing long-term, in-depth projects. Magnum Foundation’s fellowship programs train emerging photographers, artists, and activists from around the world who are passionate about challenging injustice and pursuing social equality through photography.


 
 

 

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Magnum Foundation Fund


📸 Production grant
⏰ march–September
✏️ by nomination only
📍 No travel required
💲 Up to $10,000 USD awarded

Each year, a changing international committee of nominators invite photographers to submit proposals for consideration, which are then selected by an expert committee. Selected projects are those that explore new models of storytelling, demonstrate a commitment to social issues, and/or are grounded in the communities they represent.

The Magnum Foundation Fund is an evolution of our former Emergency Fund program, which was established in 2008 during the widespread collapse of media funding for long-term, in-depth documentary work. Since its inception, the Emergency Fund was a force for sustaining photographers and documentary practice. Increasingly, the ways in which stories are told and distributed is shifting, and the Magnum Foundation is fostering those imagemakers who are developing an expansive and innovative future for the field.

 
 

 

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Diana Markosian, US/Russia

 
 

Photography and Social Justice Fellowship


💡 Fellowship program
⏰ March–September
✏️ open call
📍 Workshop in New York City
💲 5,000 USD awarded


Applications due Oct 15, 2019!

Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program expands diversity and creativity in the field of documentary photography through capacity-building and critical explorations of photography and social change.

The program supports a diverse, international group of Photography and Social Justice Fellows who are passionate about challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography. With New York City as a cultural resource, the program provides space for interdisciplinary experimentation, mentored project development, and cross-cultural, critical discourse at the intersection of photography and social justice. During the program, Fellows work on projects in their home communities with support from mentors.

Magnum Foundation covers the cost of travel, tuition, and room and board for the session in New York City. Fellows also receive a modest stipend to support the production of their projects. The program is produced in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY) Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.

 
 

 

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 Rahima Gambo, Nigeria

 
 

the Arab Documentary Photography Program


💡 Fellowship program
⏰ August–May
✏️ Open call
📍 Two workshops in Beirut
💲 5,000 USD awarded

The Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) is a program jointly funded by the Prince Claus Fund (PCF) and The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), to amplify creative approaches to visual storytelling that challenge conventional narratives about the region.

In the last five years, ADPP has supported fifty photographers from and working in the Middle East and North Africa to produce independent and nuanced stories.

ADPP offers production support for long-term creative projects within a six-month individual mentorship program with photographers Randa Shaath, Eric Gottesman, Tanya Habjouqua, and Peter van Agtmael. Grantees gather in Beirut for two workshops throughout the course of the program.

 
 

 

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 Nadia Bseiso, Jordan

 
 

Magnum Foundation Fellowship


💡 Fellowship program
⏰ FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS
✏️ Open call
📍 New York City
💲 6,000 USD stipend

The Magnum Foundation Fellowship offers mentorship and stipends to early-career practitioners who are at a critical moment in their development as photographers. This fellowship is designed for New York City-based photographers to work in the Magnum Foundation office while also developing their own photographic project in the city That demonstrates a commitment to social issues and community based work.

Fellows are encouraged to build relationships with their subjects in the field, build partnerships with relevant organizations, and experiment with new narrative forms and storytelling techniques.

Fellows are considered an integral part of the team and are expected to make significant contributions to the day-to-day work we. The fellows work on range of projects in the New York office including research, documentation, and event production. Candidates should have expertise in at least one of the following areas: video production, graphic design, emerging technology, and research.

 
 

 

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 Jess Bal, US

 
 

Inge Morath Award


📸 Production grant
⏰ July–January
✏️ Open call
📍 No travel required
💲 5,000 USD awarded

The Inge Morath Award is given annually, by the members of Magnum Photos, to a woman photographer under 30 years of age to support the completion of a long-term documentary photography project.

The Inge Morath Award was established by the members of Magnum Photos as a tribute to their colleague, who was associated with Magnum for more than fifty years and is remembered for her steadfast encouragement of women in the field. The awardee and finalists are selected each year by the full membership of Magnum Photos during the Annual General Meeting. The award is administered by the Magnum Foundation in partnership with the Inge Morath Foundation.