Magnum Foundation Fund Grantees 2018

Magnum Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 grantees of the Magnum Foundation Fund, a program that supports photographers to expand creativity and diversity in the field. In collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund, the Magnum Foundation Fund provides grants and project development support to both emerging and experienced practitioners, with an emphasis on photographers working within their communities. Among this year's nominators is Susanna W. Gold, Ph.D.

Juanita Escobar. Liz at the Orinoco River’s tepui rocks, looking towards Venezuela. Puerto Carreño, Vichada Department, Colombia, 2017.

The Magnum Foundation Fund propels the field of social documentary photography into the 21st century, with not only a keen eye but a sense of ethical rigor and a willingness to take a chance on new forms of storytelling.


  • Eclipse by Sagar Chhetri, contending with issues of identity within Nepal’s Madhesi community

  • Orinoco Women’s Journal by Juanita Escobar, focusing on women who live along the Orinoco River, marking the Colombia–Venezuela border

  • Santa Barbara by Diana Markosian, exploring immigration through the eyes of her family and examining the role of a 1980s soap opera in constructing her American Dream

  • The Philly Bop by Tiona Nekkia McClodden, exploring a Philadelphia-based social dance through an autoethnographic lens

  • Feminist Memory Project by the Nepal Picture Library, building an extensive visual archive of women’s movements and women in pivotal moments of Nepali history

  • Exodus by Sarker Protick, focusing on abandoned feudal estates and decaying landscapes in Bangladesh following the 1947 partition of Bengal

  • Nyaope by Lindokhule Sobekwa, stories from within a community of drug users in the townships surrounding Johannesburg, South Africa

  • On Andean Ground: The Yawar Fiesta by Martin Weber, looking at culture clashes in Latin America through an annual Andean ritual of resistance.

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