Photography, Expanded

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Photography, Expanded Labs

Call for Participants


UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES:
Lab #1: deadline has passed
Lab #2: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Lab #3: TBA

As part of the Photography, Expanded initiative, Magnum Foundation, Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, in collaboration with Wendy Levy and Aperture Foundation, are pleased to announce a series of labs for documentary photographers seeking to expand their storytelling beyond the still image. Selected participants will gain critical insights into emerging digital tools and methods in order to engage audiences across platforms and mobilize communities around social justice issues. Each lab will be comprised of a small working group and designed to catalyze a network of NYC media makers to collaborate and push their projects forward.

Documentary photographers residing in the New York area with a strong desire to incorporate interactive and participatory techniques into their work are invited to apply. Participants for each lab will be chosen through a competitive process to identify media makers whose current work relates notably to the event theme.

Lab admission is free. Travel and accommodation WILL NOT be provided.

2014 Labs:

Collaborative Images: New Models of Authorship and Aggregation
March 18 & 23
Tuesday, March 18, 6 - 8pm (open to the public)
Sunday, March 23, 10am - 6pm (for selected applicants only)

The rise of online and social media participation has not only created a sheer abundance of user generated content, but also new models for creativity, communication, and collaboration. This paradigm shift has notably taken place with the aid of photo sharing platforms like Flickr and Instagram, offering incredible new opportunities and obstacles for amateur and professional photographers to engage with diverse communities. It also marks a changing role for photographers as not only image makers, but also community managers and content curators. How might photographers build off existing online platforms and communities to generate awareness for the issues behind their work? How can photographers play a role in activating marginalized communities to share their own visual stories? How can we learn from the mistakes of failed online storytelling platforms? In this lab, participating photographers will explore collaborative storytelling methods, crowdsourcing, and curatorial strategies for developing community-based photo projects.


The Story of Data: Visualization, Mapping, and Photography
April 29 & May 4
Tuesday, April 29, 6 - 8pm (open to the public)
Sunday, May 4, 10am - 6pm (for selected applicants only)

From our smartphones to the city power grid, massive amounts of data is collected and monitored on a daily basis, radically transforming how socio-economic conditions are understood and managed. This new reality has major implications on our ability to access and share public information while raising critical issues about privacy. How can documentary photographers utilize publicly-available datasets to reinforce the intent behind their work? How might data visualization and mapping techniques help bring viewers, participants, and advocates closer to the issues? How can photographers safely access and share data in lieu of increasing online security threats? Join us as we learn about digital strategies employed in data science, geography, journalism, and critical design that may be applied to photography projects for social impact.


Digital Communities: Collaboration and Innovation Among Photographers, Filmmakers, and Journalists
June 20 & 21
Participation details to be announced shortly.

At the Digital Communities event moderated by Wendy Levy (New Arts Axis), documentary photographers, filmmakers, and journalists will have the opportunity to enter a collaborative space as never before. On Friday evening, June 20, a panel discussion will uncover some hard truths about the impact of digital innovation on documentary and human rights storytelling, and on Saturday, June 21, participants in a full day co-lab (collaboration + lab) will gather to get to know one another, discuss the nature of interdisciplinary collaboration, hear about new tools, approaches and funding opportunities, and share their newest projects – all with an eye towards sparking meaningful creative partnerships with a new posse of filmmakers, photographers, and journalists.

Digital Communities is an opportunity to break open your process, begin a new project, inject new perspective into an ongoing challenge, and connect with new partners-in-crime. Anything is possible, and we hope you’ll join us.


Please note: Photography, Expanded Labs are NOT designed to provide participants with technical training, but rather to share key insights and strategies from the field, and learn how to apply them. Participants will become part of a New York peer community, learn about and share resources for multiplatform storytelling, apply learning to develop a project plan, and document the process for future project development.

***Applicants can apply to only ONE of the Labs. Please choose the one most relevant to your interests. Multiple applications will not be accepted.***

Contact Information
If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact:
Emma Raynes, Program Director, Magnum Foundation.
Email: eraynes@magnumfoundation.org
Phone: 212-219-1248

Program Partners
Magnum Foundation, Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, Parsons The New School for Design, and Aperture Foundation.

Photography, Expanded is supported by the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project and Compton Foundation.