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Documentary Photography Project

The Documentary Photography Project’s support for photography and other visual media is grounded in the belief that images can empower, shift public perception, and drive social change.

Through grants, exhibitions, and public programs, the Documentary Photography Project promotes diverse forms of socially engaged art and documentary practice. We support photography and visual media that empower, reframe harmful narratives, and mobilize people around issues of justice and human rights.

Our grant making places value on ambitious and nuanced work that reflects a plurality of perspectives and approaches. We support photographers and artists who are committed to using their work to trigger critical thought, dialogue, and action.

Through the annual Moving Walls exhibition series, we provide a platform for global practitioners who are expanding the visual language of documentary practice in compelling ways. Our public programs combine the perspectives of photographers, advocates, and grassroots organizers to stimulate critical thinking about pressing global issues.

Please visit the Open Society New York office’s free public gallery space Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., or visit the Moving Walls website for current and past exhibitions.

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