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UNITED PHOTO INDUSTRIES
United Photo Industries is a New York based art-presenting organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increase access to the art of photography. Founded in 2011, United Photo Industries has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by consistently showcasing thought provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships, creative collaborations, and community spirit, United Photo Industries has presented dozens of exhibitions and public art installations across the United States and worldwide in partnership with numerous festivals, city agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. United Photo Industries is also the producer of Photoville – the largest annual photographic event in NYC which saw over 90,000 visitors in its 6th year in 2017 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and featured over 75 exhibitions, Talks, workshops, night time projections and 100 partners, all free to the public over 2 weeks – and co-producer of the Tokyo International Photography Festival in Tokyo, Japan.
Magnum Foundation expands creativity and diversity in documentary photography, activating new audiences and ideas through the innovative use of images. Through grantmaking, mentoring, and creative collaborations, we partner with socially engaged imagemakers experimenting with new models for storytelling.
We are committed to supporting a global network of social justice and human rights-focused photographers. We are also active participants in our local arts and activist community on New York City's Lower East Side. As we expand possibilities for the next generation of photographers, we also work to preserve the histories of humanistic and documentary photography, including the larger Magnum Photos community.
Our work is grounded in the belief that images are a powerful tool for engaging issues and ideas. Stories told in creative new ways by image makers working within their own communities have the possibility to transform how we see and understand the world.
MFON: WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora is an exclusive and commemorative publication committed to establishing and representing a collective voice of women photographers of African descent. The inaugural issue of MFON features over 100 women photographers across the Diaspora. MFON is founded by award winning documentary photographer, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and critically acclaimed, award winning visual artist, Adama Delphine Fawundu with the goal of creating awareness of the impact that women photographers of African descent have in the world.
Diversify is a verb. It is an action - an intentional movement to break with the narrow lens through which history and the mass media has seen and recorded the images of our time. Diversify was born out of a recognition that calling for more diversity in the photo industry is not enough. Since launching in 2017, Diversify has equipped Art Buyers, Creative Directors, and Photo Editors with resources to discover photographers of color available for assignments and commissions, as well as generating speaking, exhibition, community-building, and resource-sharing opportunities for our member photographers.
THE EVERYDAY PROJECTS
The Everyday Projects uses photography to challenge stereotypes that distort our understanding of the world. We are creating new generations of storytellers and audiences that recognize the need for multiple perspectives in portraying the cultures that define us.
As a nonprofit, we combat systemic misrepresentation through our educational programming and by providing structure, support, exposure, and direction for the diverse and worldwide range of @Everyday photography groups — through professional development, community-building, and the promotion of new work.
Women Photograph is a non-profit working to elevate the voices of women, transgender, and non-binary visual journalists. Programming includes a database with more than 900 independent documentary photographers based in 100 countries, an annual series of project grants for emerging and established photojournalists, an annual workshop, a year-long mentorship program, a data team, and a travel fund to help female photographers access workshops, festivals, and other developmental opportunities. Women Photograph’s mission is to shift the gender makeup of the photojournalism community and ensure that our industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent.
OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.
We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.
Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects - big and small - have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.
For Freedoms is a national collective for creative citizenship founded by artists Eric Gottesman and Hank Willis Thomas. It is a collaboration between artists, institutions, organizations, and people across the nation who experiment with new and creative pathways to participation. It believes in—and advocates for—creativity as a civic right, participation as a civic duty, and deeper discourse as a catalyst of civic change. And it welcomes all.
For Freedoms started in 2016 as a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the United States. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms’ exhibitions, installations, and public programs use art to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values, and to advocate for equality, dialogue, and civic participation. As a nexus between art, politics, commerce, and education, For Freedoms aims to inject anti-partisan, critical thinking that fine art can encourage into the political and cultural landscape.
The Authority Collective is a group of womxn, femmes, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people of color reclaiming their authority in the photography, film and VR/AR industries. Our mission is to empower marginalized artists with resources and community, and to take action against systemic and individual abuses in the world of lens-based editorial, documentary and commercial visual work.
Natives Photograph is a space to elevate the work of Indigenous visual journalists and bring balance to the way we tell stories about Indigenous people and spaces. Our mission is to support the media industry in hiring more Indigenous photographers to tell the stories of their communities and to reflect on how we tell these stories.