Magnum Foundation
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Photography and Social Justice

Photo by Anastasia Vlasova

Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program supports and trains early career and emerging photographers, artists, journalists, scholars, and activists who are passionate about challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography.

The Photography and Social Justice Program builds capacity and community among a diverse, international network of Fellows who have not had access to mentorship or training in photography but can demonstrate a commitment to activism and social justice. Priority will be given to applicants from regions and communities where freedom of expression is limited. Using New York City as a cultural resource, the program provides space for interdisciplinary experimentation and cross-cultural, critical discourse at the intersection of photography and social justice.

The Photography and Social Justice Fellowship has two laboratories, one in the summer and one the following winter, held at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York City that include technical trainings, lectures, and discussions exploring photography as a medium for social engagement. Over the course of six months, Fellows also produce a body of work that aims to advance social justice in their communities with mentorship from accomplished photographers, artists, and others from Magnum Foundation’s network. During the laboratories in New York City, the Fellowship covers the cost of travel, room, and board. Fellows also receive a modest stipend to support production of their projects.

 Key Dates and Timeline

  • January 24th, 2017: Applications due
  • February: Fellows selected
  • April–May: Online sessions and project development
  • Laboratory 1: 3 weeks, June 5th–23rd, 2017
  • Laboratory  2: 1 week, January 3rd –10th, 2018

Photography and Social Justice Fellows are selected by Magnum Foundation through a competitive online application process. International Fellows must be from regions outside of the United States and Western Europe where there are few opportunities for training and little access to mentorship in photography. International Fellows should not have had previous formal training in photography at the University level in the United States or Western Europe. Photography and Social Justice Fellows must be fluent in spoken and written English. This year the Photography and Social Justice program will include Fellows from the United States, by invitation only.

Magnum Foundation gave me the opportunity to study abroad and changed my life. They gave me the opportunity to deepen my understanding of why we are doing visual storytelling.
— Muyi Xiao, China
I could never ever dream of a better visual education in Ukraine or some place else. The knowledge I gained and the friends I made through the foundation are my inspiration for life. It became a game changer for me and can become the game changer for somebody else around the globe.
— Anastasia Vlasova, Ukraine
The foundation has been supporting me and my fellows through every step of our careers and what I have learned through them has guided me through so many aspects of my life.
— Santiago Arcos, Ecuador

Grantees by Year


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