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Announcing the 2018 Magnum Foundation Fund Grantees

 Juanita Escobar. Liz at the Orinoco River’s tepui rocks, looking towards Venezuela. Liz was born in Choco, at the Colombian Pacific coast, at an early age she moved with her mother and sisters to Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela. A year ago, she had to leave to come back to Colombia with her two sons, leaving her mother and sisters. More than the sense of missing her family, she worries whether her mother and sisters have enough to eat on the other side of the river. On this day, Liz was with her two sons at the river. During the dry season, people go to the beaches; in the winter, the rocks are covered by the water. Puerto Carreño, Vichada Department, Colombia, 2017.

Juanita Escobar. Liz at the Orinoco River’s tepui rocks, looking towards Venezuela. Liz was born in Choco, at the Colombian Pacific coast, at an early age she moved with her mother and sisters to Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela. A year ago, she had to leave to come back to Colombia with her two sons, leaving her mother and sisters. More than the sense of missing her family, she worries whether her mother and sisters have enough to eat on the other side of the river. On this day, Liz was with her two sons at the river. During the dry season, people go to the beaches; in the winter, the rocks are covered by the water. Puerto Carreño, Vichada Department, Colombia, 2017.

The Magnum Foundation Fund truly propels the field of social documentary photography into the 21st century, with not only a keen eye but a sense of ethical rigor and a willingness to take a chance on new forms of storytelling.
— Prerana Reddy

Magnum Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 grantees of the Magnum Foundation Fund, a program that supports photographers to expand creativity and diversity in the field. In collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund, the Magnum Foundation Fund provides grants and project development support to both emerging and experienced practitioners, with an emphasis on photographers working within their communities.

Since 2010, the Magnum Foundation Fund has supported 88 artists, over half of whom are from outside the US and Western Europe. Each year, a changing, independent committee of over 20 international editors, curators, and educators nominates artists who are invited to submit proposals for consideration. This process ensures that we receive proposals from a geographically diverse applicant pool, including people whose authorship is underrepresented within the field of documentary photography.

This year, we received 151 proposals from 29 different countries, which were considered by a jury comprised of Prerana Reddy, Director of Programs at A Blade of Grass, Joshua Chuang, Curator of Photography at the New York Public Library, and Kira Pollack, Deputy Editor at Vanity Fair. Prerana reflected:

As someone who has focused my career on the social impact of the arts and creating equitable access and representation for minority communities, I was proud to be part of a thoughtful process that took into account not only aesthetic excellence but also such factors as the ability to support emerging talents in career-changing ways, the potential to provide greater visibility of social actors that have been erased from the historic record, as well as comprehensive plans to make work accessible to a broad public. The Magnum Foundation Fund truly propels the field of social documentary photography into the 21st century, with not only a keen eye but a sense of ethical rigor and a willingness to take a chance on new forms of storytelling.

The eight projects chosen for support are:

  • Eclipse by Sagar Chhetri, contending with issues of identity within Nepal’s Madhesi community
     
  • Orinoco Women’s Journal by Juanita Escobar, focusing on women who live along the Orinoco River, marking the Colombia–Venezuela border
  • Santa Barbara by Diana Markosian, exploring immigration through the eyes of her family and examining the role of a 1980s soap opera in constructing her American Dream

  • The Philly Bop by Tiona Nekkia McClodden, exploring a Philadelphia-based social dance through an autoethnographic lens

  • Feminist Memory Project by the Nepal Picture Library, building an extensive visual archive of women’s movements and women in pivotal moments of Nepali history

  • Exodus by Sarker Protick, focusing on abandoned feudal estates and decaying landscapes in Bangladesh following the 1947 partition of Bengal

  • Nyaope by Lindokhule Sobekwa, stories from within a community of drug users in the townships surrounding Johannesburg, South Africa

  • On Andean Ground: The Yawar Fiesta by Martin Weber in collaboration with Gihan Tubbeh and Roberto Huarcaya, looking at culture clashes in Latin America through an annual Andean ritual of resistance

Representing a range of styles and approaches, the selected projects demonstrate a commitment to social issues and a curiosity for exploring new models of storytelling. The 2018 Magnum Foundation Fund grantees are currently working on their proposed projects, and will submit completed work in the fall of this year.

This year's nominators:

Amy Connors
Anna-Alix Kofi
Azu Nwagbogu
Bronwyn La-Vijoen
Darcy Killeen
Eli Reed
Federica Chiocchetti
Feki Olfa
Gerardo Mosquera
Hannah Frieser

Ingrid Kopp
Jacqueline Bates
Jae-hyn Seok
Jennifer Samuel
Jim Goldberg
Laurence Cornet
Mandy Rose
Mikiko Kikuta
Nato Thompson
Nayantara Kakshapati

Osvaldo Sanchez
Pablo Leon de Barra
Peter Van Agtmael
Rosie Gordon Wallace
Shane Lavalette
Sohrab Hura
Stephanie Heimann
Susanna Gold
Tom Griggs
Yanyan Yop

Simone Salvo