Magnum Foundation

Photography and Social Justice

Photo Thandiwe Msebenzi

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.

Each year, 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 Magnum Foundation’s mentors.

Magnum Foundation covers the cost of travel and room and board for the sessions 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 Graduate School of Journalism.

*This particular fellowship is meant to provide training and mentorship for those who have a keen ability to recognize the nuances in their own cultures, speak from a place of personal knowledge and experience about their place and community, and have deep personal connections to their work.


Applications are now closed for the 2019 Fellowship.



The Photography and Social Justice Program is designed to prepare our fellows to be effective and creative leaders in their home communities. Our hope is that our fellows become models and resources for other practitioners, and that they cultivate strength and support through their international colleagues. Through this program, Magnum Foundation trains photographers to use their creative skills to inspire social movements, to witness, to resist oppression, to pose the difficult questions, and to stimulate debate and awareness about critical social issues. Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellows are early-career photographers or individuals trained in aligned disciplines who are motivated to deepen their engagement with photography and visual storytelling.

Photography and Social Justice Fellows are part of social, political, or cultural groups who are currently or historically oppressed or excluded, and come from communities around the world where freedom of expression is limited. This program especially aims to support people of color, women, gender non-conforming individuals, LGBTQ individuals, individuals who are part of racial, ethnic, or religious minority groups, and others whose authorship is unevenly represented within the field of documentary photography. Refugees are welcome to apply.



Bahaa Elias, Iraq
Billy H.C. Kwok, China
Courtney Garvin, USA
Fabiola Ferrero, Venezuela
Jeremiah Ikongio, Nigeria

K. Flo Razowsky, USA
Özge Sebzeci, Turkey
Rohit Saha, India
Thandiwe Msebenzi, South Africa



Nariman El-Mofty, Egypt
Esther Mbabazi, Uganda
Zhou Na, China
Josué Rivas, USA
Tako Robakidze, Georgia

Soumya Sankar Bose, India
Lindokuhle Sobekwa, South Africa
Yu Yu Myint Than, Burma
Elias Williams, USA



In 2016, as a response to increased sectarian conflict and xenophobia around the world, we brought together nine former fellows to produce work in their home countries exploring tolerance through rigorous and creative visual narratives. See more here.


Anastasia Vlasova, Ukraine
Xyza Cruz Bacani, Philippines
Muyi Xiao, China
Abbas Hajimohammadi,  Iran
Yuyang Liu, China

Santiago Arcos, Ecuador
Eman Helal, Egypt
Poulomi Basu, India
Manca Juvan Hessabi, Slovenia



Anastasia Vlasova, Ukraine
Basel Alyazouri, Palestine
Chery Dieu Nalio, Haiti
Muyi Xiao, China
Nour Kelze, Syria
Sipho Mpongo, South Africa
Xyza Cruz Bacani, Philippines


Abbas Hajimohammadi, Iran
Loubna Mrie, Syria
Mohammed Elshamy, Egypt
Pedro Silveira, Brazil
Sumeja Tulic, Bosnia
Yuyang Liu, China



Eman Helal, Egypt
Lijie Zhang, China
Pattabi Raman, India
Ramin Mazur, Moldova
Santiago Arcos, Ecuador


Poulomi Basu, India
Arthur Bondar, Ukraine
Liu Jie, China
Pooyan Tabatabaei, Iran



Taslima Akhter, Bangladesh
Nazik Armenakyan, Armenia
Boniface Mwangi, Kenya
Manca Juvan Hessabi, Slovenia


Karen Mirzoyan, 27, Armenia
Sim Chi Yin, 32, Singapore