Magnum Foundation

Photography, Expanded


The Photography Expanded symposium, on June 8, explored collectivity, authorship, participation, and collaboration in photography and creative documentary practice. Presenters showcased projects from a range of disciplines and fostered exchange about what it means to partner with other makers, subjects, and publics.


Morehshin Allahyari, Appalachian Media Institute (Kate Fowler and Josh Collier), Sol Aramendi, Oscar Castillo, Sonia Louise Davis, Wendy Ewald, Tom Finkelpearl, Noelle Flores Theard, Eric Gottesman, Heather Hart, Jamer Hunt, The Illuminator (Grayson Earle, Mark Read, Zoë Bachman), Zohar Kfir, Kristen Lubben, Yael Martínez, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Susan Meiselas, The Point (Danny Peralta and Roy Baizan), Kameelah Rasheed, Emma Raynes, Nina Robinson, Simone Salvo, Ivan Sigal, Mark Strandquist, Corey Tegeler, Nato Thompson, Gemma Rose Turnbull, Orlando Velázquez, The Visual Resistance (Quito Ziegler), Caroline Woolard.

Thank you

This year's symposium is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Panta Rhea Foundation, Compton Foundation and Bertha Foundation. This event was co-sponsored by Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education & Public Programs.

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The Photography Expanded symposium is free and open to the public. It is made entirely possible by our supporters and the generosity of individuals. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation at any level today.


Photography Expanded stimulates documentary photographers to expand their storytelling beyond the still image through intensive labs, fellowships, panel discussions, and conferences.

Addressing the need in the field of documentary photography for access to the tools, approaches, and ideas shaping today’s media terrain, Photography Expanded organizes opportunities for practitioners to learn, forge connections, and push their projects in new directions.


Photography Expanded labs are intensive, concept-driven workshops for selected participants mid-process in developing stories. Each lab invites facilitators who are experts in their fields to lead discussions and activities. They are held in conjunction with a panel discussion that is open to the public. Some lab themes have been: Responsible Data, Digital Interventions, and Tactics of Collaboration.

Co-produced with The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the Digital Narratives Lab presented emerging digital strategies for documentary mediamakers, journalists, designers, and engineers.



In partnership with the Brown Center for Media Innovation, the Photography Expanded Fellowship pairs documentary photographers with coders, designers, and advisors to expand their storytelling beyond the still image. Fellows participate in a series of labs to learn about emerging digital tools and build an audience engagement strategy to mobilize the public around social justice issues.

The Photography Expanded Fellowship is not an open application process. Former Photography, Expanded lab participants will be invited to apply.

2015 Fellow Peter DiCampo presents at the third annual Symposium. “What Went Wrong” is a participatory photo project that questions the dominant narrative surrounding the value and efficacy of development aid in Sub-Saharan Africa.



The Photography Expanded symposium is an annual full-day event that is free and open to the public. The symposium draws practitioners and storytellers across media to be inspired by exemplary case studies of innovative journalism on social justice issues. Through a series of presentations, participants learn about current and emerging trends and ideas in digital media for engaging audiences across platforms and mobilizing communities. The symposium draws an audience of photographers, writers, technologists, designers, and producers with the aim of creating a space for potential collaborators to meet and exchange ideas.

Co-founder of Tactical Tech Marek Tuszynski presents at the third annual symposium. “Exposing the Invisible,” is a series of documentary films, tools, and case studies that explore the far reaches of metadata in its capacity to protect, investigate, and expose abuses of power.