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.
Magnum Foundation is a non-profit organization that expands creativity and diversity in documentary photography, activating new audiences and ideas through the innovative use of images. Through grant making, mentoring, and creative collaborations, we partner with socially engaged image-makers experimenting with new models of storytelling.
About the Photography and Social Justice Program
Photography and Social Justice Fellows are selected by mid–February. In April and May, Fellows will attend weekly online meetings. These initial online sessions provide ground work for the fellowship and a forum for the Fellows to develop their project ideas. The first Laboratory is three-week session June 5 – 23, 2017 hosted by CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. This first laboratory session focuses on project development, discussion, experimentation and includes intensive workshops on critical skill sets such as picture editing, video and audio production, and exploration of new tools and platforms. Between the first and second Laboratories, Fellows will work on their projects in their home communities and attend regular online meetings with Magnum Foundation mentors. The second laboratory will be Jan 3 – 23, 2018. This session will include a final review of the Fellows’ projects and focus on social engagement and creative presentation strategies.
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 proficient in spoken and written English. All instruction will be in English and there will be no simultaneous translation for instruction or discussion during the course sessions. All finalists for the fellowship will be interviewed to ensure verbal proficiency in English. This year the Photography and Social Justice program will include Fellows from the United States, by invitation only.
Photography and Social Justice Fellowship Timeline
- January 24th: Applications due
- mid-February: Fellows Selected and notified
- April–May: Online Sessions and Project Development
- Laboratory 1: three weeks, June 5th–23rd 2017
- Laboratory 2: one week, January 3rd –10th 2018