Magnum Cultural Foundation

Year
2009
Amount
$175,000
Term
One year

Funding from the Documentary Photography Project provides seed funding for the Magnum Cultural Foundation as well as support for the Emergency Fund for photographers.

The photographers of the agency Magnum Photos created the Magnum Cultural Foundation to build on Magnum's tradition of photography in the public interest by using visual imagery to advance human rights, social justice, and socially progressive causes. Beneficiaries of the Magnum Cultural Foundation include photographers beyond those in the Magnum agency. The Magnum Cultural Foundation's programs include: an Emergency Fund for photographers to cover impending world crises; a grant program for young photographers working in the documentary style; a course in human rights photography organized with New York University; an initiative to connect the vast archive of Magnum Photos with not-for-profit organizations for advocacy and educational purposes; and a preservation project. Funding from OSI's Documentary Photography Project provides seed funding for the Magnum Cultural Foundation in its nascent years.  

Funding is also provided for Magnum's Emergency Fund. The Fund is an attempt to ensure that social emergencies--genocide, crimes against humanity, famine, and sudden, massive environmental devastation--are brought to light in a way that allows for immediate, effective, and powerful response. The ultimate goal is not the act of witnessing alone but offering solutions and, though images, connecting viewers to advocates working on the ground.