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Magnum Foundation Photography

Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship 2021

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Applications call for Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship 2021. Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellows are early- to mid-career photographers or individuals in aligned disciplines who are motivated to deepen their engagement with photography and social justice.

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.

Key Elements 

  • Photography and Social Justice Seminar with Fred Ritchin (April–June): Participants will attend a discussion-based seminar course that begins with three informal gatherings in April and May and meets biweekly in June. Through discussion and experimental exercises the seminar will explore ethics and creative strategies for advancing social justice.
  • Workshops (March–June): Workshop topics include photography and activism, research methods, multimedia production, human rights law, preparedness and selfcare, bookmaking, writing, curatorial practice, public speaking, digital security and others.
  • Mentored Project Development (March–June): Fellows complete the proposed body of work that aims to advance social justice in their communities with on-going support from Magnum Foundation.
  • Mentored Project Production (July–October): With support from mentors, participants will produce their projects, implement distribution strategies, and deliver final works to Magnum Foundation.


  • 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.

Grading 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 program 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.
  • Applicants should be open-minded, willing to experiment, and motivated to participate in critical discussion with colleagues.



Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline01 December,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerThe Magnum Foundation



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