Virtual Photography and Social Justice Programme

Photographers, scholars, and activists who use photography in their change-making practice are invited to participate in an eight-month virtual program that aims to support social projects on challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography. The programme will take place during May through October 2021. The deadline is on 1 December 2020.

Magnum Foundation is a non-profit, photographic foundation located in New York City with a mission to expand diversity and creativity in documentary photography. Through grant-making, mentoring, and creative collaborations, they partner with socially engaged image makers experimenting with new models for storytelling.

With intensive mentorship, artist- and expert-led workshops, peer-to-peer learning, and production funds, this program prepares fellows to make effective creative projects and become leaders who inspire social movements, pose difficult questions, and stimulate debate and awareness about pressing social issues. Magnum Foundation covers the cost of participation, including all educational and programmatic activities. Fellows also receive a modest stipend to support the production of their projects.

The programme is produced in partnership with the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Participants will attend a discussion-based seminar course that begins with three informal gatherings in April and May and meets biweekly in June. Workshop topics include photography and activism, research methods, multimedia production, human rights law, preparedness and self-care, bookmaking, writing, curatorial practice, public speaking, digital security and others. With support from mentors, participants will produce their projects, implement distribution strategies, and deliver final works to Magnum Foundation.

The deadline is on 1 December 2020.


Main Criteria

Applicants can be documentary photographers, artists, and photojournalists, activists who use photography in their change-making practice, or scholars who incorporate images and image-making in their research and scholarship. The foundation encourages applications from self-taught photographers who have not had access to formal training.

Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English. English is the primary shared language that will be used for discussion among participants during seminars, workshops, and mentor sessions.

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