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Current opportunities at the Magnum Foundation

Grants, Fellowships, and Labs


Magnum Foundation fellow Christian Padron works with his family archive in a project documenting the Afro-Cuban American experience in New York. Photo by Liz Sanders.

Magnum Foundation fellow Christian Padron works with his family archive in a project documenting the Afro-Cuban American experience in New York. Photo by Liz Sanders.

In partnership with the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and the Fledgling Fund, Magnum Foundation will offer a two-day experimental laboratory for photographers, artists, academics, media professionals, and other practitioners using photography in their work.

In this lab, we will explore strategies for applying new digital tools to challenge the status quo, question official histories, disrupt power structures embedded in archives—and explore the radical possibility of alternative narratives.

Counter Histories, Alternative Narratives is part of Magnum Foundation’s Photography Expanded, an initiative that aims to expose documentary photographers to new tools and approaches, as well as encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in storytelling on social issues.


Applications due

Feb 15, 2018

Participants notified

March 15, 2018

Two-day laboratory

April 16–17, 2018

About the Lab

With guidance from creative technologists and designers, lab participants will develop their projects and explore emerging techniques for layering of story and experience and merging of real and digital worlds. Through demonstrations and hands-on exercises, participants will learn about augmented reality, mixed reality, geo-locative media, and other interactive and immersive technologies.

The laboratory is free for up to fifteen selected participants. For applicants based internationally or outside New York City, there will be opportunities to apply for travel funding.


Applicants for the lab should propose photography-based projects that activate archives, reframe histories, respond creatively to existing images, disrupt static structures of image collections, and/or bring layers of visual narratives into our contemporary experiences and environments. Proposed projects can be an ongoing or in an initial idea-stage for future work. There is no technical experience required to apply.

All are welcome to apply. We want to create a diverse group of participants for this laboratory. We especially encourage applications from individuals who are part of racial, gender, sexual, ethnic, or religious minority groups, and others whose authorship is unevenly represented within the field of documentary photography.

A list of guiding questions that may be helpful in crafting your proposal:

  • How can we engage with existing photographs to shift the frameworks of representation?  What happens when we disassemble and re-appropriate colonial archives, newspaper archives, museum archives, or other existing collections? Can we play with shifting the meaning/s of an image as it transits across time and space, from past to the present, present to the future, from one geographic or temporal context to another?

  • How does an image’s meaning and reception change according to its environment or geographic position? Can the repositioning of an image create new productive tension around its meaning? What happens when images are positioned as layers on top of our lived environments?   

  • Have you created a body of work in the past that would gain new meaning if it was re-situated? Re-contextualized? Remixed?

  • How can we look critically at the ways in which institutions, countries, cultures, religions and others bring order to collections of images? How can we creatively subvert “official” systems of archiving, classifying, and organizing?

  • How can we use strategies of gaming, participation, and interactivity to engage with social issues or promote social justice?   

  • What if we engage with images that are not necessarily meant to be consumed as a typical documentary narrative; satellite imagery, forensic imagery, archaeological imagery, or other photographic sensory data that may be produced, collected, and organized by non-humans?

  • Can we imagine an archive of the future? Perhaps it’s a speculative archive that becomes a synthesis of the known and unknown and brings us new perspectives on our past? Or a radical imagining of a liberated future for those who feel the deepest impacts of systemic power imbalances?

For any questions, please contact Programs Associate Noelle Flores Théard



Magnum Foundation partners with schools and other institutions that provide funding and/or academic credit to interns. If you are enrolled in a program that offers college credit and/or a stipend, you are welcome to apply for internships in any of our listed departments. All interns will have access to a range of enrichment activities, including visits to relevant cultural and industry events around New York City, opportunities to share personal work and receive critical feedback from the team, and the chance to pitch and curate film screenings hosted at the office.

Applications are received on a rolling basis.
Please send a resume/CV and a cover letter with the internship name as the subject line, ie. "programs intern," "development intern," or "communications intern" to Alexis Lambrou at, stating which internship you're applying for, the nature of your institutional support, your availability, and why you are interested in interning at the Magnum Foundation. Please note that Interns must make a minimum commitment of 16 hours per week for the duration of their internship.


The programs internship supports the programs team across all areas of Magnum Foundation’s grantmaking and educational initiatives. Interns can expect to assist in research, production, and logistics for a range of events, including workshops, roundtables, labs, and symposia. Interns will have the opportunity to support our grantees and fellows as they develop their projects. Candidates must have knowledge of the field of documentary photography, an understanding of contemporary global affairs, and an interest in journalism, art, public policy, and social justice movements. We are seeking candidates that are organized, self-motivated, and team players.


The development intern will support the Development Associate and Executive Director in maintaining a smooth workflow for donation processing, database management, and specialized fundraising campaigns. Interns will conduct research to explore new tactics and strategies for both individual and foundation giving. Interns will also work with the full team on logistics and production of special events. Candidates must have an interest in fundraising, development, and nonprofit administration and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. We are seeking applicants that have a strong attention to detail, a high level of organization, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and can demonstrate sensitivity and professionalism in donor relations.


The communications intern will support the Manager of Communications on all public facing campaigns, including social media and blog, press releases, and announcements. Interns will assist in documenting events, drafting copy, recording metrics across digital platforms, and help develop new ideas for engaging with and reaching new audiences. Candidates have excellent writing skills, be well versed in social media platforms, and have experience in effectively managing branded accounts. We are seeking applicants that have basic photography and video skills, are extremely organized, and demonstrate willingness to learn and take direction from staff.



There are no open positions at this time.