CATCHLIGHT AND ICP COLLABORATION SUPPORTS CATCHLIGHT FELLOWS

Education partnership to provide mentorship, educational programming, and more

 2017 Fellows Sarah Blesener and Brian L. Frank discuss their fellowship projects with incoming ICP students at Photoville.

2017 Fellows Sarah Blesener and Brian L. Frank discuss their fellowship projects with incoming ICP students at Photoville.

CatchLight is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with The International Center of Photography, acting as an education partner for CatchLight Fellows.

CatchLight is a San Francisco Bay Area–based nonprofit dedicated to visual storytelling and the power of photography to drive social change. The CatchLight Fellowship serves as an incubator—a space to receive financial support, unlock individual potential, and leverage partnerships. Each year CatchLight recognizes three professional photographers who have demonstrated excellence in the novel use of photography to bring awareness to challenging social issues. Each CatchLight Fellow receives a $30,000 grant and then collaborates with a CatchLight partner to complete his or her proposed project. The 2018 Fellows are Aida MulunehCarlos Javier Ortiz, and Andrea Bruce.

“There is no one that understands the identification and development of individual photographic vision better than ICP,” says Nancy Farese, CatchLight founder and executive director. “At CatchLight, we identify the best of modern day visual storytellers, and surround them with resources, networks, and leadership support to amplify the reach of their stories. We are so honored to be partnering with ICP to nurture the potential reach and personal growth of these storytellers.”

As an education partner, ICP will provide targeted mentorship, specialized use of facilities, and educational programming as related to the content of the work created. ICP will also provide each CatchLight Fellow with two formal mentorship sessions. The first session will be with Lacy Austin, ICP director of community programs and CatchLight advisory council member, and Jenny Stratton, CatchLight impact and engagement manager, followed by a second with one of ICP’s academic chairs as determined by the genre of the work. CatchLight Fellows will also be given the opportunity to share their work with the ICP community.

“ICP is thrilled to partner with CatchLight and support such exceptional fellows,” says Austin. “As we all share in the mission of visual storytelling for social change, we are better positioned to achieve it when we work together.”

Aida Muluneh: Catchlight Fellowship Project

In creating an expansive workshop and mentorship program, Aida Muluneh seeks to support and promote emerging African photographers in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Italy. As she attempts to interrogate the foreign gaze and also to raise the awareness of the impact of photography in shaping cultural perceptions, participating students will develop their own stories based on what they are confronted with in their own countries, historically or through current depictions in the media. Through her program, Muluneh will also be producing her own collection that explores the relationship between history and images in Africa.

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Catchlight Fellowship Project

In light of recent high-profile shootings in Sacramento, the rest of the state, and the country, Carlos Javier Ortiz’s project Between the Lines presents an examination of the Ferguson Effect, while exploring aspects of trust surrounding police-citizen relations. The artist will create a visual ethnographic short-film that offers an unprecedented look into the lives of residents of Del Paso Heights and South Sacramento affected by the recent spike in violent crimes, and how they negotiate their lives with the police and community.

Andrea Bruce: Catchlight Fellowship Project

In partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Andrea Bruce’s project Our Democracy seeks to push people to look beyond politics and examine the social conditions that underpin our society, providing a visual record of the state of local democracy at this moment in US history. Throughout the fellowship, Bruce will move and immerse herself in a different community each month, and use visual and audio storytelling to explore experiences and thoughts on contemporary democracy in the United States using Alexis de Tocqueville’s route studying democracy in the mid-1800s. The project also unfolds online, where it will be combined with an interactive map of the journey with multimedia content and data about the community’s social and political involvement.

ABOUT ICP

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. 

Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography”—the creation of socially and politically minded images that have the potential to educate and change the world—and the center’s mission endures today, even as the photographic medium and imagemaking practices have evolved. Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society. To date, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes at every level. 

ICP brings together photographers, artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the realm of the image. Here, members of this unique community are encouraged to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change.

This post originally appeared on ICP’s website and can be found here.

2018 CatchLight Fellows: Three visionary photographers receive grants in support of projects driving social change

CatchLight is pleased to announce their 2018 fellows: Carlos Javier Ortiz, Aida Muluneh, and Andrea Bruce. In its second year, the fellowship program continues to recognize photographers for their excellence in depicting visual stories of crucial issues — ideally motivating action for social change.

Each Fellow will receive a $30,000 grant and will be paired with a CatchLight media partner to complete their proposed project that builds upon past work, demonstrates measurable social awareness and expands understanding of how visual art can be used to communicate vital social issues. The 2018 media partners include The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and two additional partners who will be selected to best support the fellows’ projects. This year’s fellows were selected from more than 300 proposals for consideration from 52 countries with an even gender split. Click here to learn more about the CatchLight Fellowship.

 © Carlos Javier Ortiz

© Carlos Javier Ortiz

Carlos Javier Ortiz

In light of recent high-profile shootings in Sacramento, the rest of the state and the country, Carlos Javier Ortiz’s project Between the Lines presents an examination of the Ferguson Effect, while exploring aspects of trust surrounding police-citizen relations. The artist will create a visual ethnographic short-film that offers an unprecedented look into the lives of residents of Del Paso Heights and South Sacramento affected by the recent spike in violent crimes, and how they negotiate their lives with the police and community.

 © Aida Mulluneh

© Aida Mulluneh

Aida Muluneh

In creating an expansive workshop and mentorship program, Aida Muluneh seeks to support and promote emerging African photographers in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Italy. As she attempts to interrogate the foreign gaze and also to raise the awareness of the impact of photography in shaping cultural perceptions, participating students will develop their own stories based on what they are confronted with in their own countries, historically or through current depictions in the media. Through these her program, Muluneh will also be producing her own collection that explores the relationship between history and images in Africa.

 © Andrea Bruce

© Andrea Bruce

Andrea Bruce

Andrea Bruce’s project Our Democracy seeks to push people to look beyond politics and examine the social conditions that underpin our society, providing a visual record of the state of local democracy at this moment in U.S. history. Throughout the fellowship, Bruce will move and immerse herself in a different community each month, and use visual and audio storytelling to explore experiences and thoughts on contemporary democracy in the United States using Alexis de Tocqueville’s route studying democracy in the mid-1800s. The project also unfolds online, where it will be combined with an interactive map of the journey with multimedia content and data about the community’s social and political involvement.

2018 Fellowship Shortlist: Eleven Photographers Telling Visual Stories of Crucial Social Issues

San Francisco, Calif.—CatchLight is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2018 CatchLight Fellowship, which recognizes excellence in the novel use of photography to depict and bring awareness to challenging social issues. The shortlisted photographers were selected for creative leadership and a remarkable body of work with the potential to achieve a next level of excellence in visual storytelling, innovation in distribution and measurable social impact. CatchLight has partnered with FlakPhoto creator Andy Adams to highlight these exceptional photographers and projects on Instagram. Follow @FlakPhoto to see more work from these imagemakers in the coming weeks at hashtag #FlakPhotoCatchLight.

The Fellowship, which includes $30,000 awarded to each of three photographers, will be announced on April 2, 2018. Each fellow will be aligned with one of CatchLight’s three media partners, which will offer their expertise and distribution structures to their selected fellow. The 2018 media partners are The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, CALmatters and a third partner focused in social leadership will be selected in accordance with the awarded fellow’s project.

The Shortlist includes eleven photographers from the U.S. and abroad. Their work ranges from human stories including the journey of a pregnant migrant farm worker in America to elevating voices of women and non-binary visual journalists. Below is are the shortlisted photographers for 2018 along with a brief description of the project.

The Process
CatchLight received a total of 317 proposals for consideration from 52 countries with an even gender split. A jury of seven leaders in the field of social documentary photography—spread across four continents—spent two weeks reviewing the top 125 of the submissions before meeting on February 24, 2018, to agree on a shortlist of finalists. Working as a focused team with guidance from Stephen Mayes (former secretary to the World Press Photo competition) and with input from the two media partners, the jury assessed the proposals with several key criteria in mind: 

  • Quality of photography and creative leadership
  • Collaborative ethos and commitment to creating and contributing to fellowship community over time
  • Ability to leverage stories to engender change

The judges reached a strong consensus that each of the shortlisted candidates represent excellence in visual storytelling on a vital social issue, with particular emphasis on innovative distribution.

The Final Selection
Final award decisions will now be made by the three media partners and CatchLight, conducting interviews and reviewing references to find the right fit between the issues and the organizational resources. CatchLight Fellowships will be announced on Tuesday, April 2, 2018.

CatchLight is very grateful to its talented panel of judges and trailblazing media partners:
Amy Yenkin, Former Director of Documentary Photography at Open Society Foundation
Shahidul Alam, Managing Director, Drik Picture Library & Founder, Chobi Mela Festival of Photography
Brent Lewis, Co-Founder of Diversify.Photo and Sr. Photo Editor of ESPN The Undefeated
Azu Nwagbogu, Founder of Lagos Photo Festival
Laura Beltrán Villamizar, Projects Picture Editor at NPR, Founder of Native Agency
Paul Lowe, Director at the London College of Communication
Nina Berman, Photographer at NOOR and associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Marcia Parker, Publisher & Chief Operating Officer of CALMatters
Jon Sawyer, Executive Director of The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting