The Magnum Foundation's photographers use visual imagery to advance human rights and promote a deeper understanding of socially progressive causes.
In a media saturated world, not-for-profit organizations and socially responsible enterprises must find new ways to promote and make visible the results of their efforts in a distinct and compelling manner. Often, they also need to document instances of injustice – from human rights abuses to environmental degradation to the ravages of poverty and disease – in an accurate, nuanced, and effective way. The photographers of Magnum Photos created The Magnum Foundation to build on Magnum’s longstanding and pioneering tradition of photography in the public interest. The Foundation strives, across various program areas, to use visual imagery in the documentary style to advance social justice and socially progressive causes and to promote a deeper understanding of current issues.
About Our Grants
The 2008 and 2009 grants totaling $35,000 are for a pilot effort called BeSeen!, a project aiming to understand how not-for-profit organizations and socially responsible enterprises can make their work more visible to a much larger public.