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The Arab Fund for Art and Culture and the Prince Claus Fund in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in partnership with the Magnum Foundation in New York, USA, are delighted to announce the launch of the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP). The ADPP is a program jointly funded by AFAC and PCF and will run from 2014 to 2016, targeting creative documentary photographers in the Arab region. Through an open call for proposals to be announced in February 2014, a jurors’ committee comprised of Arab and international experts will select up to 10 grantees to receive financial and professional support to complete their proposed photography projects.
Documentary photography sheds light on important neglected and unknown narratives. However, in the Arab world it remains an under-developed genre. With most current visual production going to journalistic mass-media outlets, there is little opportunity for documentary photographers to explore creative, personal, long-term, and analytical approaches to their work. Additionally, there is little access to the needed resources and adequate professional support to initiate and complete compelling documentary photography projects.
The focus of the Arab Documentary Photography Program is to support compelling non-stereotypical and unconventional visual documentation of important social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region. In recognition to the image’s power to document, educate and advocate, the ADPP will also explore ways by which such a body of work will reach out to wider audiences and engage with them in a compelling and impactful ways. Photographers may propose to work in a range of non-fiction narrative styles, from classic documentary photography to more experimental visual storytelling, and may propose to include audio and video elements.
ADPP’s objectives are:
1. To raise the level of creative documentary photography in the Arab region;
2. To train photographers and expand their approaches to visual storytelling;
3. To share strong visual narratives from the Arab region regionally and internationally; and
4. To explore wider access to documentary photography and a more active engagement with its audiences
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More information and Guidelines:
Communications and Development AFAC
About the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)
AFAC is the Arab region’s preferred resource for independent artists and cultural practitioners. Founded in 2007, AFAC is a unique Arab-based, Arab-run, grant-making institution that is accessible, transparent and professional. AFAC supports as broad and diversified a scope of critical thinkers, artists and social entrepreneurs of the Arab region as possible, with an emphasis on quality, creativity and relevance.
About the Prince Claus Fund (PCF)
The Prince Claus Fund supports artists, critical thinkers and cultural organizations in spaces where freedom of cultural expression is restricted by conflict, poverty, repression, marginalization or taboos. Based on the principle that culture is a basic need, the mission of the Fund is to actively seek cultural collaborations and foster groundbreaking networks, based on equality and trust. The Fund also boasts excellent local networks in regions where it is active. The Fund with partners of excellence, in spaces where resources and opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and research are limited and cultural heritage is threatened. These regions include Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and (non-EU) Eastern Europe.
About the Magnum Foundation (MF)
Magnum Foundation’s mission is to sustain the practice of in-depth, independent documentary photography as a critical tool that serves society by fostering empathy, engagement, and positive social change. MF seeks to develop new strategies for increased exposure and impact of documentary photographers in an ever-changing media landscape. The photographers of Magnum Photos founded the independent, non-profit Magnum Foundation in 2007 to carry forward Magnum’s high standards for long-form documentary storytelling in the 21st century.
The Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) provides financial and professional support to 10 grantees in the Arab region.
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ADPP is a joint intitiative of:
The Arab Fund for Art and Culture and
the Prince Claus Fund in Amsterdam,
in partnership with the
Magnum Foundation in New York.