Magnum Foundation: Announcing the 2021 Photography and Social Justice Fellows

Magnum Foundation is proud to announce the 2021 Photography and Social Justice Fellows, eleven photographers, artists, and activists who are challenging injustice, pursuing social equity, and advancing human rights through photography. They are:

Johanna Alarcón, Ecuador

Fransisca Angela, Indonesia

Roy Baizan, United States

Jean Bizimana, Rwanda

Citlali Fabián, Mexico

Mohamed Mahdy, Egypt

Sanna Irshad Mattoo, Kashmir

Jaisingh Nageswaran, India

Isadora Romero, Ecuador

Ranita Roy, India

Victor Zea, Peru

Selected from 487 applicants, they join a network of 57 other image-makers that have been trained through this program since 2010. This year’s selection process included former fellows, who reviewed the proposals of applicants working within their regions and areas of expertise.

This program centers the potential for creative storytellers to lead and enact change. “An artist's role is to reconnect people, to make space for humanity to appear,” says Mohamed Mahdy.

Group workshops and intensive mentorship will guide fellows in using their creative skills to amplify movements, to witness, to resist oppression, to pose difficult questions, and to stimulate debate and awareness about the issues they champion.

The fellows will each produce a project over the course of the fellowship and support each other in the project development process. This year’s mentors include Sim Chi Yin, a former fellow, and Sohrab Hura and Newsha Tavakolian, who are both Magnum Foundation board members. Fellows will also receive specialized training on new approaches to socially engaged documentary practice led by Fred Ritchin, Dean Emeritus of the International Center of Photography (ICP) School.

Building on the successes of last year’s transition to an extended, virtual format, this year’s fellowship will also be held remotely. We’re thankful to our 2020 fellows for paving the way for a successful online experience and the remarkable sense of community we were able to uphold and deepen across borders and timezones. 2020 fellow Nolan Ryan Trowe reflected, “as far as finding mentorships and resources, this is one of the most meaningful educational experiences I’ve had, not just in photography but in all of my education.”

Magnum Foundation look forward to another year of collaboration with so many talented image-makers, and the ability to continue supporting and growing our global network.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Open Society Foundations, Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation, The Rosenthal Family Foundation, The Achelis and Bodman Foundation, and Select Equity Group Foundation.

Photo © Fransisca Angela, Indonesia

“I believe art is a medium to express what we see, how we feel, and therefore can also be utilized as a form of resistance. Ultimately, our role is to make room for another form of narrative so people can reconnect with the wonder of reimagining things.”

Magnum Foundation is proud to announce the 2021 Photography and Social Justice Fellows, eleven photographers, artists, and activists who are challenging injustice, pursuing social equity, and advancing human rights through photography. See all

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