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EF Grantee Allesandro Penso working with MSF

Emergency Fund Grantee Allesandro Penso recently had a gallery of photographs published by MSF (Doctors without Borders) from his ongoing work in Bulgaria documenting asylum seekers. He received an Emergency Fund grant in 2014 to continue his work documenting the impact the Dublin II Regulation has had on asylum seekers in Europe, and is currently working in Bulgaria. 

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Penso’s previous work on this issue has been published widely and recently culminated in the touring exhibition The European Dream: The Road To Bruxelles, a traveling exhibition that followed the path many immigrants make when they enter Europe from Southern Italy to Brussels, Belgium.

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"Friends in Asmara told me that if I ever want to return I should go home and write something nice about Eritrea. But how could I top what Baalu Girma has already written?
The braids of the Northern beauties dance to the rhythm of Asmara’s palm trees and arouse one to follow. I wish to be sheltered by those palm trees and braids for just a fraction of a moment, to breathe and lay on my back and gaze upon a shining star in a clear moonlit sky. I long for the time when we can resolve human conflicts with sweet conversation. I long for peace.
With Baalu’s words in mind, I shot these video sketches during my first visit there earlier this month.”

- Eric Gottesman, 2012 Emergency Fund Grantee

(Here is a link to the first part of this video series)
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Getting Down to Business

Congratulations to 2013 EF Grantee Mari Batashevski, recently nominated for the first edition of Lausanne’s Prix Elysee for her MF supported work State Business

Launched in 2010, State Business is a long-term project about the commerce of international conflict. Batashevski uses both text and imagery to evince the rationalizations of the business and the information vacuum surrounding it - from point of manufacture to final destination. 


"Azerbaijan’s defense budget for 2013 was announced to be USD 3.7 billion, an expenditure deliberately designed to dwarf the Armenian state budget…" See more from the project’s chapters here

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EF Grantee becomes Magnum Photos Nominee

The Magnum Photos 67th Annual General Meeting brought together the agency’s staff, estates and photographers – many of whom participated in our Secrets benefit! We’re delighted with the news that 2010 Emergency Fund Grantee Sohrab Hura is Magnum’s newest nominee.

Hura’s powerful Emergency Fund project addressed poverty in rural India, honing in on Pati, a mountainous desert area that was once lush and green before decades of drought and deforestation. Pati’s informed and active “peoples union” makes it a unique place in a country plagued by corruption and unmoved local jurisdiction.

In 2005, India levied The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to assure each and every household in rural India 100 days of employment per year. The residents of Pati have mobilized in efforts to hold the government to their word.

Hura later returned to Pati to install 5 public exhibitions throughout the villages where foot traffic was highest. The exhibitions were featured in conjunction with a public discussion about community health issues.

MF celebrates Hura’s latest achievement and his commitment to working on critical issues.

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Our Portraits, Our Families

The Asian Pride Project presents Our Portraits, Our Families, a groundbreaking group photography exhibition that visualizes and promotes “the realization of love and understanding in our families, as a way to undo culturally ingrained bias.”

Each featured artist worked with an Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQ individual and their family. Collectively, the visual narratives address a shared context of immigrant values while shedding light on a topic oftentimes silenced within these communities.

Among the exhibition’s contributors are former Magnum Foundation Fellow Pete Pin, telling the story of Akara Seung, and former Emergency Fund Grantee Justin Maxon, portraying the story of Lesley Kim.

The exhibition is on display through July 13 at the Museum of Chinese in America. Read about the exhibit in the Wall Street Journal.

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Photography, Expanded Goes to LOOKbetween 2014

Magnum Foundation brought the Photography, Expanded initiative to the mountains of rural Virginia for the 2014 LOOKbetween Festival.

The Disruptive Images: Photography as Object and Intervention workshop asked participants to draw on activist strategies to develop ideas for installation and intervention-based work that merges physical and digital environments. Discussions were had about tools, tactics, and methods, and plans were made for applying these new approaches to each participant’s work.

The LOOKbetween Festival brings together many of the world’s leading early-career photographers. Taking place only once every four years, LOOKbetween summoned 75 participants from 22 different countries and 15 US states. Nominated by over 70 international leaders in photography.

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Bus-kkun at DOCfield>14

Most of the seats on the daily buses from Flushing, Queens to the Sands casino in Bethlehem, PA are occupied by Korean and Chinese immigrants, many of whom do not even gamble. Often homeless, in poor health or out of work and out of options, bus-kkun (bus riders in Korean) make the trip solely to re-sell casino coupons on the black-market. The buses, the waiting rooms and the casino itself become places to sleep, pass time and make it through another day. “The casino is a kind of place that can bleed you dry of everything,” says 57-year-old Chun Hae-Young. “It can also save your life when you have nothing.”

On June 19, Bus-kkun, a multi-media piece by 2013 Magnum Foundation fellow Yeong Ung-Yang, will permeate the streets of Barecelona in the last of the al-fresco night-time screenings of DOCfield>14.

The second annual edition of Documentary Photography Barcelona is three months of collaboratively organized and curated photographic presentations for the public. The festival activities, free of charge, celebrate the social value of photojournalism and the documentary.

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Join Us!

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The globetrotting Magnum photographer is a cultural and style icon. Once a year these men and women gather in New York, Paris, or London to talk shop and swap stories. This year, to benefit the Magnum Foundation, they’re taking time out from their annual meeting to let you hear what’s usually discussed only behind closed doors.

On June 25th, you are invited to pull up a chair, raise a glass, and keep your ears pricked to off-the-cuff stories from legends like Josef Koudelka, Elliott Erwitt, Jim Goldberg, Martin Parr, Bruce Gilden, Olivia Arthur, Alec Soth, Abbas, Alex Webb, Larry Towell, Donovan Wylie, David Alan Harvey, Costa Manos, Paolo PellegrinSusan Meiselas, and more!

You’ll also have the opportunity to buy and have signed limited-edition and out-of-print photography books and the unique chance to have a portrait made by a notable in the room. V.I.P. guests will enjoy access to the Photographers’ Lounge with food and drink in an intimate setting for one-to-one conversation with the photographers.

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor, NY
June 25, 2014, from 6:00 - 9:30pm 

Reserve an exclusive Portrait Session at SECRETS with one of these four renowned Magnum photographers!  Includes V.I.P. Admission.

SECRETS is produced by Magnum Foundation in partnership with Aperture Foundation and Magnum Photos, Inc.

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Photography, Expanded - Labs #1 & #2

Looking ahead to the year’s third installment of Photography, Expanded programming, Creative Innovation and Digital Community: Art & Media on the Brink of Change, we thought we’d take the opportunity to reflect on two preceding labs and the catalyst for our programming.

The inaugural symposium of the Photography, Expanded initiative in April 2013 brought a capacity crowd to Aperture Gallery & Bookstore for presentations and discussions.

Built on the overwhelming interest and feedback from participants, we’ve built a two-day lab format to reach both a wider public through open panel presentations and a targeted group of media makers in hands-on workshops. 

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Lab #1: “Collaborative Images: New Models of Authorship and Aggregation” featured a panel on March 18 with journalist and curator Madeleine Bair (WITNESS Human Rights Channel), artist and activist Michael Premo (Sandy Storyline), and artist Brooke Singer, moderated by artist and professor Michael Mandiberg [watch the video].

On March 23, the group of selected photographers were presented case studies by activist and photographer Oren Ziv (ActiveStills), photo startup entrepreneur Paul Melcher (Stipple), and photographer Ruddy Roye, and then worked in groups to develop their project ideas using online and social media strategies to frame their discussions.

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Lab #2: “The Story of Data: Visualization, Mapping, and Photography” also went broader in scope during the panel on April 29, featuring perspectives from photography and transmedia (Jake Price, Unknown Spring), mobile app development (Harlo Holmes from The Guardian Project), tactical media art (Paolo Cirio), and interactive journalism (Derek Watkins from The New York Times), with discussion moderated by visual communication strategist Stephen Mayes [watch the video].

A new group of selected photographers came together on the second day, May 2, to dig into more specific issues related to visualization and mapping tools and strategies for photography-based projects. Price re-joined us to further unpack the methods behind Unknown Spring. Data artist Josh Begley presented his powerful web-based projects that aggregate satellite and surveillance photos of prisons and military bases. Annelie Berner discussed her mapping work at Columbia University’s Spatial Information Design Lab, and shared some available online resources for visualization and mapping. Florian Meissner, founder of EyeEm, made a compelling case for better image tagging done algorithmically, to produce a dynamic and searchable online photo-sharing platform.

We are currently devising a plan for supporting the projects brought to the lab workshops as they move into the next phase of development. In the meantime, stay engaged in the conversation by joining the PhotoEx Facebook group

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Danube Revisited: The Inge Morath Truck Project has officially reached its funding goal!
Magnum Foundation and Inge Morath Foundation have a long and fruitful partnership celebrating the power of Inge Morath’s pioneering work and the cadre of female photographers she so greatly inspired. The Danube Revisited project is an important moment in this spirited tradition. In today’s New York Times LENS feature, the first Inge Morath Award recipient Ami Vitale says, “Now, it is simply about sharing what we’ve learned…Inge Morath’s work goes across generations.”
Danube Revisited is reflecting and building on a rich photographic history - the true essence of the Magnum Foundation’s Legacy program. While the Danube is being revisited, so too is our investment in the nine Inge Morath Award recipients embarking on this journey. Reinvesting in their work by supporting their collaboration is an opportunity to further extend Morath’s legacy and observe the ripple effect in the region of her origin. The return to the Danube, by the inheritors of Morath’s legacy, is a return of the gift received by them and a return to the region’s inhabitants, especially to the young female photographers there.
“I love that this young group has chosen to relive and reinvigorate and re-examine and reimagine this work. That is what a legacy is all about,” lauds Magnum Foundation President Susan Meiselas.
There are five days left to back the Danube Revisited Kickstarter campaign.Check out Danube Revisited on Kickstarter’s blog.

Danube Revisited: The Inge Morath Truck Project has officially reached its funding goal!

Magnum Foundation and Inge Morath Foundation have a long and fruitful partnership celebrating the power of Inge Morath’s pioneering work and the cadre of female photographers she so greatly inspired. The Danube Revisited project is an important moment in this spirited tradition. In today’s New York Times LENS feature, the first Inge Morath Award recipient Ami Vitale says, “Now, it is simply about sharing what we’ve learned…Inge Morath’s work goes across generations.”

Danube Revisited is reflecting and building on a rich photographic history - the true essence of the Magnum Foundation’s Legacy program. While the Danube is being revisited, so too is our investment in the nine Inge Morath Award recipients embarking on this journey. Reinvesting in their work by supporting their collaboration is an opportunity to further extend Morath’s legacy and observe the ripple effect in the region of her origin. The return to the Danube, by the inheritors of Morath’s legacy, is a return of the gift received by them and a return to the region’s inhabitants, especially to the young female photographers there.

“I love that this young group has chosen to relive and reinvigorate and re-examine and reimagine this work. That is what a legacy is all about,” lauds Magnum Foundation President Susan Meiselas.

There are five days left to back the Danube Revisited Kickstarter campaign.
Check out Danube Revisited on Kickstarter’s blog.

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