“From death squads in the Philippines to tea plantations in Bangladesh, the characters and stories documented by this group of adventurous and optimistic award-winners shocked and encouraged me. As they do their work over the coming year, I’m certain they’ll grab our attention – and get us involved,” said Thomas Keenan.
The Fund places emphasis on photographers working within their home region or community. Of this year’s ten grantees, seven are working within their home countries. “The amount of work being produced by people who are working in their home countries, especially various African and South American nations, made me hopeful and invigorated for the future of documentary practice,” said Danielle Jackson.
She added, “I congratulate, too, those working locally at the risk of peril to themselves and their families. Facing a large number of very thoughtful, high quality projects to review, it was sobering to consider the importance of grant monies such as the Magnum Foundation Fund amid the decline of so many other avenues for publication and funding that is available to photographers.”
Representing a range of styles and approaches, the selected projects each demonstrate a commitment to social issues and a curiosity for exploring new models of storytelling. Marisa Mazria Katz remarked: “ I was in awe of the work of the applicants to this year's Magnum Foundation Fund. Each and every one has dedicated their practice to issues that affect people around the world.”
The 2017 Magnum Foundation Fund grantees will work on their proposed projects over the coming months and submit completed work in the late fall of 2017. – Rappler.com