Arab Documentary Photography Programme Workshop

The second cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Programme 2015 (ADPP) held its second and final workshop in Beirut between 25 and 29 February 2016.  Nine documentary photographers engaged with their mentors from Magnum Foundation over an intensive five-day period in AFAC’s offices in Beirut and were visited by the Prince Claus Fund.

The Prince Claus Fund launched the ADPP in 2014 with the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and in partnership with the Magnum Foundation. The programme is jointly funded by AFAC and the Prince Claus Fund and targets creative documentary photographers from the Arab region. A jurors’ committee comprised of Arab and international experts selects 10 grantees per cycle to receive financial and professional support to complete their proposed photography projects.

The focus of the Arab Documentary Photography Programme is compelling non-stereotypical and unconventional visual documentation of important social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region. In recognition of the image’s power to document, educate and advocate, the ADPP aims to stimulate social engagement through strategic and targeted presentations and distribution of the grantees’ work. 

During the first three days of this workshop, the grantees worked on the sequencing of their stories. The narrative of each project was discussed during one-on-one meetings with mentors and experts and presented to the larger group. The grantees had the chance to respond to the group feedback and investigate the dimensions of format, audience and objectives. Captions and project descriptions were refined and edited with the help of the mentors from Magnum Foundation as well.

Days four and five were dedicated to the final presentations with each presentation followed by discussions around the project themes, their relevance and the desired impact. The group reflected as well on original ways for exhibiting their work to reach wide audiences.

Bertan Selim, Coordinator of the Prince Claus Fund’s Grants & Collaborations programme visited the workshops: “The event was rewarding on so many levels. The workshop format involving mentorship, insight and engagement contributed to editing some of the most relevant stories coming from the region, articulated through documentary photography. I was deeply impressed with the quality of work of the participants. It is visually stunning, intellectually insightful, and artistically strong. I am proud to associate our support with such incredibly talented photographers from the Middle East and Northern Africa regions."

Over the next four weeks, the ADPP grantees will put the final touches on their projects before having them published online on the ADPP website

The third cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Programme (ADPP) is now open. Deadline for applications is 1 April 2016. For more information about how to apply, please click here

2015 ADPP Grantees

Arwa Alnaeimi (Saudi Arabia) Never Never land
Elsie Haddad (Lebanon) Silent Crisis
Heba Khalifa (Egypt) Homemade
Sima Diab (Syria) She as He
Tasneem Alsultan (Saudi Arabia) Separated in Saudi
Ahmad Mousa Qasem (Iraq) Awaiting their Dead
Hicham Gardaf (Morocco) The Backstage of Reality
Mustafa Saeed (Somalia) Invisible Differences
Ziad Romdhane (Tunis) Phosphate Road

ADPP Mentors

The ADPP mentors are Randa Shaath, Tanya Habjouqa, Peter Van Agtmael and Eric Gottesman.

For information about the 2015 Projects, click here

For pictures from the workshop, click here

Arab Documentary Photography Programme Workshop

"the focus is compelling non-stereotypical visual documentation"

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 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.

Arab Documentary Photography Programme Workshop

 
 
 
 

Arab Documentary Photography Programme Workshop

The second cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Programme 2015 (ADPP) held its second and final workshop in Beirut between 25 and 29 February 2016.  Nine documentary photographers engaged with their mentors from Magnum Foundation over an intensive five-day period in AFAC’s offices in Beirut and were visited by the Prince Claus Fund. The Prince Claus Fund launched the ADPP...