Photography Project Funding Opportunities

16 Organizations that Want to Fund Your Photography from  The PhotoShelter Blog.

The PhotoShelter blog has complied a great list of foundations, non-profits and private companies, who are willing to fund worthy photographers based on talent and project goals. Some offer grants for photojournalists who expose social injustices; others focus on editorial photographers who tell long-form stories. read more


Another great source for funding of arts projects is the New York Foundation for the Arts. Join their mailing list at

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Photographers – Know Your Rights:

Know Your Rights: Photographers | American Civil Liberties Union

A great resource from the ACLU

Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply. [read more]

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DPI Alumnus Jessica Ingram > Civil Rights Memorial

A Civil Rights Memorial at the National Civil Rights Museum.

A Civil Rights Memorial is a collection of thirty photographs, taken by alumnus Jessica Ingram, of marked and unmarked locations that hold historical significance for the Civil Rights movement. Ingram travelled across the American South, capturing the present day appearance of sites where Civil Rights era atrocities, Klan activities, and slave trade occurred. From the site of the Neshoba County killings in Philadelphia, Mississippi, to Ringold, Georgia where Mattie Green was killed in her home by a bomb in 1960, the exhibit remembers well known and forgotten events associated with the Civil Rights movement. With these images, Ingram provides captions with historical information she gathered from interviews of family members and local people. [read more]

More about the project at

Jessica Ingram received her BFA from DPI in 1999, and her MFA from California California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where she is now Chair of the Photography Department.

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DPI Alum Jonno Rattman in the NYTimes Magazine


DPI alum Jonno Rattman has feature photos in the NYTimes Magazine accompanying an article detailing the lucrative and murky world of debt collection. From knife fights to unpaid cell phone bills this article runs a wild course through contemporary America and Jonno’s photos bring many eerie elements into sharp focus.


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DPI Alum Will Steacy’s ‘Deadline’ Featured by PDN


PDN has selected Will Steacy’s “Deadline” for their Photo of the Day. “Deadline” is Will’s project tracking the decline of the newspaper business and specifically the Philadelphia Inquirer for the past 5 years. We covered this project back in June.

Will describes the project this way:

For the past five years, I have photographed with unrestricted access the newsroom and printing plant of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Through a depiction of The Inquirer’s efforts to prevail despite depleted ad revenue, a steady decline in circulation, lay-offs, buy-outs, and bankruptcy, my intent is to reveal the challenges and harsh realities that face the newspaper industry today. A close examination of the newspaper industry and in-depth story explaining the events that landed newsrooms in their current predicaments has largely gone untold. Since 2000 the newspaper industry has shed 30% of its workforce, making it the fastest shrinking industry in America. Yet 60% of the American public has heard little or nothing about the news industry’s financial struggles. As we find ourselves amidst a massive societal transition into an information technology economy of the future in which technological advances have eroded middle skill, middle class jobs, boosted productivity while reducing the labor force, what has been the human cost of these gains? When we lose reporters, editors, newsbeats and sections of papers, we lose coverage, information, and a connection to our cities and our society, and, in the end, we lose ourselves. Without the human investment to provide news content it becomes a zero sum game on the information highway to nowhere. The fibers of the paper and the clicks of the mouse are worthless unless the words they are presented on have value. The newspaper is much more than a business, it is a civic trust.

See the project at PDN here.

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DPI Alum Hiro Ito’s ‘After the Rain’: Interview and Show Review


The Photo Journal at The Wall Street Journal has an interview and images up covering Hiroyuki Ito’s recent show in Tokyo “After the Rain.” This most recent show following “Red Rain” and “A Clueless Spectator” shown here at DPI, covers a tumultuous period in the photographer’s life after a difficult breakup, the death his father and cat, Meeno. Hiro says, “I laugh and cry and they are all part of me. I want to show high tide and low tide. That way, I hope, as a group of photographs, they give a sense of one’s journey over a long period of time.”

See more photos and read more of the interview at Photo Journal.



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Zalika Abdul-Azim (’14) on Time Lightbox



“Memories Unspoken,”  DPI alum Zalika Adbul-Azim’s senior thesis project, has been featured on TIME‘s Lightbox blog. In an essay accompanying a gallery of images from the project Zalika writes:

…I learnt of my grandmother’s long-standing relationship with photography and how she had spent many years making and collecting images. Her ever-humble attitude alongside the acceptable ideas of gender and race in place at that time disabled her from labeling herself a photographer.

My grandmother moved with her family to Brooklyn, New York from Aiken, South Carolina when she was roughly 16 years old. While establishing herself in the north, my grandmother regularly visited neighborhood photo studios – especially on occasions such as Passover, Easter and birthdays – in efforts to keep relatives and friends abreast of her wellbeing. Exchanging photos became a means to share the dream of progression, while also allowing individuals to redefine themselves as they saw fit.

View a slideshow and read the whole essay at TIME’s Lightbox.

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Now On View: ‘Bay Area Now 7′ featuring Mike Rothfeld


For the San Franciscans out there, check out ‘Bay Area Now 7,’  the Yerba Buena Center for Arts’ triennial exhibition. The show features a new site specific installation by DPI alum Mike Rothfeld titled “I stopped believing in them some time ago… but they’re still here.”

Bay Area Now 7 is on view from July 18th – October 5th

701 Mission St
San Francisco, CA


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Alumni Update: Jonno Rattman in the New Yorker, NYTimes Mag and on Albums

This saw summer saw a busy DPI alum, Jonno Rattman, with picture of Mermaids on parade for The New Yorker, Congressman Charlie Rangel and his challenger Michael Walrond for The New York Times Magazine, and The Virginia Quarterly Review featuring a series of Civil War reenactors at the 148th and 149th Gettysburg Addresses. Last but not least, give your eyes a treat: check out Ascent, Davey Lantz Trio’s debut jazz album featuring three insightful, talented cats who met at Juilliard. Jonno made the pictures and designed the CD package.
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If You Build It

Exciting site-specific exhibition happening in Washington Heights this summer:

“If You Build It” exhibition, organized by No Longer Empty, includes installations, photography, and performances by more than twenty local, national, and international artists. Featured are alumnus Hank Willis Thomas, faculty Bayeté Ross Smith, and former staff Sonia Louise Davis, Alumnus Petrushka Bazin Larsen, program manager at the Laundromat Project, contributed an essay to the catalog.

The works in the exhibition address cycles of urban decay and regeneration; building community through shared heritage; immigration and displacement; the longing for home in all its senses; and the vast economic disparities that plague our cities.

The multi-floor exhibition leads visitors from the ground floor to the ninth and back finally to the third floors where additional works, installations, and apartments are curated by invited neighborhood organizations.  The project will incorporate multi-disciplinary cultural events and the next editions of No Longer Empty’s signature education programs—the Y.Dot Youth Docent Program, Teens Curate Teens in partnership with ArtsConnection, and No Longer Bored Family Days. Check website for info.

“Caesar’s Visa” by Hank Willis Thomas. Credit Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Holland Cotter writes in the NY Times 

In 2009, when a bad economy left commercial spaces vacant across New York City, an itinerant nonprofit art group called No Longer Empty started filling some of them — a storefront on West 23rd Street, the closed-up Tower Records on lower Broadway — with art. This summer, the organization adds a twist to its mission by working on premises that have yet to be occupied, an in-progress 13-story affordable-housing complex called the Sugar Hill Building located on West 155th Street in Washington Heights.

Sponsored by Broadway Housing Communities and designed by David Adjaye, the development won’t open until the fall. But for the next month, it has exhibitions installed on two floors, and in a ground-level space that will eventually be the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling.
[read rest of review]

No Longer Empty’s mission is to widen the audience for contemporary art, to promote socially conscious artists, and to build resilience in communities through art. We do so by presenting professionally curated, site-specific art exhibitions where a community of artists, educators, scholars and the public come together to create and experience art, free of market imperatives and institutional constraints. read more

If you are in NYC, go see it: 155th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue, NYC 10032
Thursday–Friday 3–7pm & Saturday–Sunday 1–6pm
Wednesday by appointment.
On view until August 10, 2014

Be sure to check out No Longer Empty’s website to learn more what they are doing and artist opportunities.

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