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Magnum Foundation’s Photography And Social Justice Fellowship 2021 for Emerging photographers, Journalists and Scholars.

Applications are invited for Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship. Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program builds capacity through 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. The program provides space for interdisciplinary experimentation, mentored project development, and cross-cultural, critical discourse for developing new approaches to socially engaged documentary practice. 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. 

Benefits

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 program is produced in partnership with the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

The Photography and Social Justice Program takes place during May through October 2021 and  includes a core seminar course, workshops, mentored project development, and mentored production. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 program will be held remotely and meetings will occur with consideration of participants’ timezones.

Elements Of The Program:   

• 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.


Eligibility

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.

Guiding 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

• they encourage 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.


Selection process

Photography and Social Justice Fellows are selected through an open, international call for applications. Candidates will be notified about their status of their application in early February 2021.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and final decisions will be made by the end of February 2021.

Application

There are no exceptions to the deadline. We encourage you to get your application in before the official due date to avoid any technical issues that might interfere with a timely submission.

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Deadline: December 1, 2020 at 11:59pm ET.

For more information visit MAGNUM FOUNDATION PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP 2021.

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