Application Deadline:October 1st 2018
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.
- Early-career documentary photographers, artists, and photojournalists
• Activists who use photography in their change-making practice
• Journalists who would like to deepen their engagement with photography
• Scholars who incorporate images and image-making in their research and scholarship
• Preference is given to those who have not had previous opportunity to do a formal course of study in photography at the university level.
• Applicants 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.
- 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.
Elements of the program:
Project Development and Frameworks: April–May 2019
These initial bi-weekly online sessions provide conceptual groundwork for the training and a forum for the Fellows to develop their project ideas.
New York Session 1: June 1–30, 2019
The first session in New York City is a four week training hosted by CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. This first session focuses on project development, technical trainings, and experimentation. This session will include exploration of emerging tools and platforms, lectures on documentary photography, and discussions on critical theory.
Mentored Project Production: June 2019–January 2020
Fellows 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.
New York Session 2: Jan 11–26, 2020
This two week session includes a final review of the Fellows’ projects and focus on social engagement and creative presentation strategies.
Fellows will be chosen by the Magnum Foundation’s internal selection committee and notified Mid-December 2018.
All finalists for the fellowship will be interviewed to ensure verbal proficiency in English. (Please note that this language requirement exists because Fellows’ discussions, workshops, readings, and mentorship sessions in New York are conducted in English).
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