Documentary Photography

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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

Film Screening and Discussion—When “Do-Gooders” Do Harm

Last month, ProPublica broke a shocking exposé about sexual abuse in an American charity in Liberia. We will explore what happens when good intentions among NGOs collide with the realities of operating without accountability.

Opening Reception for Moving Walls 25: Another Way Home

Moving Walls 25: Another Way Home brings together eight projects led by 13 visionary artists, journalists, and creative technologists dedicated to re-envisioning the topic of migration through documentary practice.

Announcing Moving Walls 25: Another Way Home  

Moving Walls 25: Another Way Home is an exhibition and fellowship honoring artists, journalists, and creative technologists who use documentary practice to explore the topic of migration.

Images and Democracy: Photography and Shaping Contemporary South African Culture    

Market Photo Workshop’s Lekgetho Makola, artist Lebohang Kganye, and Africa is a Country’s Sean Jacobs discuss the role of photography in shaping memory and contemporary culture in South Africa.

Announcing the 24th Moving Walls Exhibit, Here We Are: Visual Resistance and Reclaiming Narratives  

Here We Are is an exhibition that celebrates 10 individual and collective artists, journalists, documentarians, and advocates who engage with art and documentary practice as forms of resistance.

Book Launch—Everyday Africa: 30 Photographers Re-Picturing a Continent

Everyday Africa features photos that find beauty in ordinary life in Africa—and shift perceptions from sensationalized extremes to a more textured reality.