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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.

Recent Work

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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.

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Taking a Closer Look at Surveillance Culture Through Photography

A new exhibit explores how photography has been used both as an instrument of surveillance and as a tool to document, expose, and challenge the impact of surveillance on basic freedoms.

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A Photographer Goes Behind the “Roma Walls”  

Björn Steinz aims to overcome the physical—and psychological—walls erected to exclude the Roma.

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A Photographer’s Journey Through a Changing Hong Kong  

Photographer Mark Leong, whose work appears as part of the Moving Walls 21 exhibit, aims to capture the various facets of contemporary Hong Kong in his series of lush images.

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On the Trail of a Mysterious Disease in Nicaragua

Photojournalist Ed Kashi documents a deadly epidemic of kidney disease affecting sugarcane workers in Central America.

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After an Economic Crisis, Modern-Day Greek Ruins  

Photographer Nikos Pilos documents the wreckage of Greece’s industrial zone in the wake of the financial crisis.