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Documentary Photography

Documentary Photography

Through grants and exhibitions, the Open Society Foundations support photography to engage and mobilize people around issues of justice and human rights.

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Recent Work

Watching You, Watching Me Exhibit: Public Programs

Join us for an open house and artist talks—the first in a series of public programs to coincide with the Moving Walls 22 / Watching You, Watching Me exhibition on photography and surveillance.

Moving Walls 22 / Watching You, Watching Me Opening Reception

Moving Walls 22 / Watching You, Watching Me is an exhibition that explores how photography has been used as an instrument of surveillance, as well as a tool to expose and challenge its far-reaching negative effects.

The Transformative Power of Photography and Collaboration  

Recipients of the 2014 Audience Engagement Grants cover a range of places, populations, and ways to merge activism with documentary art.

For Chechen Women, Modesty is the New Normal  

Photographer Diana Markosian traveled to Chechnya to explore what it means to come of age as a young woman living under an increasingly repressive regime.

Growing Pains in California’s Most Neglected Region  

Photographer Matt Black documents California’s Central Valley, one of the richest farming regions in the world, but also home to many of the poorest communities in the United States.

Life on the Margins of China’s Economic Boom  

Documentary photographer Sim Chi Yin looks at the human faces behind China’s massive and rapid urbanization.