Funding from the Open Society Institute's Documentary Photography Project supports scholarships offered by the Magnum Cultural Foundation to attend a certificate course in human rights photography, offered jointly by New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the Magnum Cultural Foundation.
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.
In 2010, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, in partnership with the Magnum Cultural Foundation, created a six-week summer certificate program in Photography and Human Rights. The new initiative is designed to explore strategies to create effective documentary projects linked with human rights issues. The program is intended for intermediate and advanced students, including experienced professionals, who seek to hone their documentary and media skills in the context of human rights. A major emphasis of the program will be on the relevance of human rights law to documentary work, and strategizing projects that aid in the attainment of such basic rights. Funding from OSI's Documentary Photography Project supports scholarships offered by the Magnum Cultural Foundation for regional photographers from Latin America, the Caucasus region, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia.