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Arab Documentary Photography Program 2017

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFACPrince Claus Fund - PCF and Magnum Foundation - MF are happy to announce the selection of the latest group of grantees for the fourth cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Program – ADPP.  

The fourth call for ADPP applications opened on 1 February and closed on 1 May 2017. We received 80 applications from 15 Arab countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.  

A three-membered jury was called upon to review the applications and choose the best projects to support. This year’s jurors were Fouad El Khoury, Lebanese photographer, Susan Meiselas, American documentary photographer and president of the Magnum Foundation, and Wafaa Bilal, Iraqi-born photographer.

The selected photographers will receive a production grant and benefit from two intensive workshops to be held in Beirut, as well as a 6-month mentorship program to accompany the development of their individual projects.  

Furthermore, ADPP will explore opportunities for engaging a wider viewership and enhancing the visibility of the selected projects within and outside the Arab region. 

Visit the program's website: arabdocphotography.org

THE ADPP 2017 GRANTEES

Marabout  by Btihal Remli (Morocco) 
Innocence and Crime by Tarek Al Haddad (Lebanon) 
Nubian People by Mohamed Altoum (Sudan) 
Persistent Aftermath by Rawan Mazeh (Lebanon) 
Live With It by Sima Ajlyakin (Syria) 
The Suffering of Wadi El Qamar by Mohamed Mahdy (Egypt) 
The Way to Hell by Hesham Elsherif (Egypt) 
The Circus of Life by Fethi Sahraoui (Algeria) 
Normal Abnormal by Abd Doumany (Syria)

Photo © Fethi Sahraoui - Project Pic - Raw Tender Age 2015

Arab Documentary Photography Program 2017

"Applicants seeking to document urgent issues in the Arab world"

Jury for the Arab Documentary Photography Program

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture  (AFAC)

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.

Magnum Foundation

Magnum Foundation

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 jurors selection

The jurors of ADPP Program held a meeting in Beirut on 2 July 2017 and selected nine projects hailing from the following countries: Egypt (2), Lebanon (2), Syria (2), Algeria (1), Morocco (1) and Sudan (1). This was their statement:  

“The 2017 Arab Documentary Photography Program received more than 80 proposals from socially engaged applicants who share the urge to catalyze changes through their lenses. The pool of applicants actively seeks to document some of the most urgent issues in the Arab world with their unique artistic voice.

ADPP invests in the personal journeys of these individual photographers through a program where each of them can evolve their artistic practice. We as the jury were constantly reminded in making our selection, how the program can benefit the applicants in forming their distinctive identity. Within the framework of this mentorship program that benefits a limited number of grantees, during the selection process, we tried to maintain geographic and social diversity to find voices in both male and female photographers. The topics chosen by the artists were thought provoking for us; in return we were aware of their individual experiences and background and thus very conscious about why their artistic concepts were chosen. After long and open discussions, the three jurors, who had different perspectives in photography, agreed on 9 finalists with 2 alternatives who share a good balance between the relevance and the quality of their proposed projects, and show great personal potential.”

Arab Documentary Photography Program 2017

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC, Prince Claus Fund - PCF and Magnum Foundation - MF are happy to announce the selection of the latest group of grantees for the fourth cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Program – ADPP.   The fourth call for ADPP applications opened on 1 February and closed on 1 May 2017. We received 80 applications from 15 Arab countries...

 
 
 
 

Arab Documentary Photography Program 2017

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC, Prince Claus Fund - PCF and Magnum Foundation - MF are happy to announce the selection of the latest group of grantees for the fourth cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Program – ADPP.   The fourth call for ADPP applications opened on 1 February and closed on 1 May 2017. We received 80 applications from 15 Arab countries...