The New York Times, Lens Blog

MF fellow, Ruth Prieto Arenas, was interviewed by The New York Times Lens Blog about her project, “Safe Heaven.” The Project can be seen here.

National Geographic

This story was published in the January 2014 issue of National Geographic. Read the story online here.

Al Jazeera News

EF Grantee, Tanya Habjouqa, was interviewed by Al Jazeera News about her project “Occupied Pleasures”. Magnum Foundation funded the project for the year 2013. The talk can be viewed here.

Eric Gottesman

The Hamiltonian Gallery

Eric Gottesman, who was awarded the Hamiltonian Fellowship, gave a talk about his work alongside Dagmawi Woubshet, an English professor at Cornell University. Click here to view the talk.

Photography by Joseph Campbell

Philippe Dudouit

The Aftermath Project

Philippe Dudouit, an EF 2013 photographer, was recognized as one of the Aftermath Project grant finalists whose work will be included in “War Is Only Half The Story”, the annual Aftermath Project publication. Click here to learn more

The New York Times, Lens blog

Tanya Habjouqa, 2013 EF photographer, was recently featured in The New York Times Lens blog for her project “Occupied Pleasures”. Click here to see the post

Olga Kravets

Trailer For Grozny:Nine Cities

You can now see the trailer for the interactive documentary, “Grozny: Nine Cities”, at In this project, EF Grantee, Olga Kravets, along with Maria Morina and Oksana Yuksho, explore the aftermath of war in a nation that has tried to break free from Moscow’s control by considering nine levels of existence within one city.

Eric Gottesman

The Hamiltonian Gallery

Eric Gottesman’s latest work, ‘One Needs To Listen To The Characters One Creates’ explores and reinterprets the controversial Amharic novel ‘Oromaye’, by Baalu Girma. Gottesman’s work is on display at the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington D.C until January 4th and the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans until January 19th. For more details, see and

We’re excited to announce the 2013 Emergency Fund grantees! Click here to see the announcement via TIME LightBox.

Teun Voeten

Huffington Post

Teun Voeten, EF 2011 photographer, was written in Huffington Post’s blog for his EF-funded project Narco Estado.

Karen Mirzoyan

Reporters Without Borders

Karen Mirzoyan, EF 2010 photographer, was published in Reporters Without Borders for his project Unrecognized Islands of Caucusus.


Ben Lowy


Ben Lowy’s iLibya was featured in MotherJones as part of the MotherJones-Magnum foundation partnership. His work in Libya using an iPhone examines the scars and new hopes of the revolution-torn nation.

View the essay here.

Sohrab Hura

TIME Magazine, “All In A Day’s Work”

Sohrab Hura’s Emergency Fund supported work was featured in the October 29 issue of TIME Magazine in the article “All in a Day’s Work” by Krista Mahr / Kaimaha. India’s promise to poor rural households of a hundred days of employment a year is an enormous challenge for the country.


The New York Times Lens Blog

Zalmai, 2011 Emergency Fund photographer, was featured on The New York Times’ Lens blog for his work on Afghanistan immigrants in Greece. Currently there are over 50,000 Afghan refugee who fled the war and are living illegally in Greece.

“What I saw was very difficult for me to see,” he said. “I have been working so many years with refugees, in refugee camps, in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. But it was difficult for me to accept this in Greece — a European country.”


Please read and view the blog entry here.

Stephen Ferry

Le Journal de la Photographie

Stephen Ferry, 2011 Emergency Fund photographer, was featured in British Journal of Photography for his book Violentology. The review was penned by talented Laurence Cornet. To read the review please view here


NYC Events

For several years, the award-winning documentary photographer, Zalmai, has been documenting the plight of Afghan refugees around the world. Through the support of Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund, Zalmai undertook a long-term documentary project in Greee, where the financial collapse has contributed to harsh, xenophobic attitudes and policies. 

To raise the visibility of his work for New York audiences, Magnum Foundation organized events to highlight Zalmai’s under-reported story. 

From September 28-30, his work was featured in the DUMBO Arts Fair as part of United Photo Industry’s FOTO/POD exhibit. 

Zalmai presented his work at Aperture Gallery with a following discussion with Peter Lucas on September 29. 

On October 1, Zalmai presented at the Bubble lounge with Jamie Wellford. 

On October 4, he presented at Columbia University’s Journalism program with Whitney Johnson, photography director at the New Yorker magazine. 

Stephen Ferry

TIME LightBox

Stephen Ferry featured on TIME LightBox for his on-going documentation of violence in Colombia, “Violentology.” 

Stephen will be at the International Center of Photography (ICP) tomorrow Wednesday, October 10 at 7pm. He’ll be presenting his work in Violentology and engaging in thoughtful dialogue about the ongoing internal armed conflict in Colombia for The Photographers Lecture Series. 

Sebastian Liste

Getty Images

Sebastian Liste wins the 2012 Grants for Editorial Photography. 

In Brazil, the abolition of slavery was a slow and gradual process that resulted in a huge class of free workers. However, they did not have access to means of production, in particular the land. Faced with the possibility that the abolition of slavery might result in the collapse of major rural producers, which depended on this workforce, the Brazilian Government ensured that the access to the means of production continued to be limited to a small number of individuals.

Nowadays, the 4% of landowners in Brazil control 80% of the arable land, and 5 million families remain landless. While some see the land as a business, others see it as a means of survival. During the last decades, this gap in the use of land and its uneven distribution has led to a violent outburst, chaos and conflicts over the land, what has resulted in a massive rural depopulation, in which those millions of dispossessed have created hundreds of favelas surrounding the cities.

I have dedicated the last three years working on documenting the hope, despair and struggles in these favelas in the major Brazilian cities, living with the marginal communities, formed by those landless families, with no rights, who had been running away from the poverty, oppression and violence of the interior of the country. Today, while Brazil is becoming an international agriculture superpower, thousands of landless and jobless workers in the countryside submit to exploitation in the farms, creating new forms of modern slavery, accepting inhuman living and working conditions and wandering between estates and towns seeking opportunities to support themselves and their families.

Cedric Gerbehaye

Le Monde

Cedric Gerbehaye, 2010 EF Photographer, continues his project on South Sudan. Most recently, he was featured in Le Monde. 

Cedric Gerbehaye

De Standaard Weekblad

Cedric Gerbehaye, 2010 EF photographer, continues his project on South Sudan. His most recent work was published in De Standaard and featured on the cover. 

Mimi Schiffman

The New York Times, Lens blog

Mimi Schiffman, 2012 EF Fellow, was featured in the LENS blog, “A Young Immigrant Struggles for a College Education.” Schiffman followed Frisly Soberanis, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, through the final weeks of high school.


Duke University, EF Residency

Zalmai visited Duke University and participated in the 2012 EF residency. To learn more about Zalmai’s project, please click here to view the video produced by Duke University.

Pete Pin

Cincinnati’s FotoFocus Festival

Pete Pin, 2011 EF Fellow, was included in photo show Artless Photographs curated by Lee Douglas and Stephanie Sadre-Orafai for the Cincinnati Photography Biennial, FotoFocus. 

The exhibit asks viewers to think critically about the power and mundanity of photographs and the practices that produce them.  


Zalmai: Walking in Quicksand

Greece is the primary gateway to migrants from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East seeking residence in Europe. Athens is home to approximately 1 million illegal immigrants, and over 130,000 people entered the country illegally in 2011. The disarray of the Greek political asylum system combined with a rise in xenophobia constitutes a perilous circumstance for migrants. Many live in hiding, hoping to avoid arrest as well as unabated neo-Nazi violence.

Zalmai has documented the plight of displaced Afghans who constitute the largest population of refugees worldwide. Walking in Quicksand is his long term project centered on the harsh circumstances of seeking asylum in Greece. Magnum Foundation will present a series of events in NYC this weekend, encouraging a larger conversation about this under reported human rights crisis.

Friday, September 28, 6-8pm: foto/pods 2012 @ DUMBO Arts Festival.

Saturday, September 29, 2-4pm: Presentation & book signing by Zalmai moderated by Peter Lucas @ Aperture, 547 W. 27th Street, 4th Floor.

Monday, October 1, 6:30pm: Presentation by Zalmai & silent auction with Jamie Wellford @ Bubble Lounge, 228 W. Broadway.

To see more from Walking in Quicksand, visit


New Yorker

Zalmai was recently published in New Yorker “Dreams and Dread in Afghanistan.” Read more here.  

Pete Pin

Half King Talk with Brenda Ann Kenneally

Thanks to all the folks who came to Pete Pin’s, 2011 EF Fellow, Half King talk with Brenda Ann Kenneally. We had wonderful audience engagement and a very interesting discussion. There are more booklet available, and if you’re interested in one, email us at

Pete Pin

Featured and Interviewed on Asia Society Blog

On September 14, 2012, Pete Pin was featured on the Asia Society blog for his project The Cambodian Diaspora.

I am amazed at how much people genuinely want to talk about this history. Many times it’s the first thing they tell me when I enter a home. I have realized that, for some people, it’s not that this history has been suppressed, but rather — for a multitude of reasons — there lacks a catalyst for this dialogue.

Read more from the interview here.

Pete’s Kickstarter campaign is days away from ending. Any additional funds will support Pete to extend his time in Lowell and Philadelphia.

Justin Jin

Exhibits work at Visa pour L’Image


This year at the International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, Justin Jin, 2011 EF photographer, exhibited, “Zone of Absolute Discomfort” on the advance and retreat in Russia’s Arctic at Perpignan. 

Look out for 2010 EF photographer Krisanne Johnson, exhibiting “I Love You Real Fast,” on the coming of age for Swazi girls at Visa Pour Li’mage’s exhibition.  

Bruce Gilden

Daylight Magazine

Bruce Gilden was featured in Daylight Magazine. Kate Levy interviewed Gilden at Magnum Photo about his exhibit at Photoville.


In the fall of 2010, photographer Pete Pin devised a makeshift portrait studio in his grandmother’s garage in Stockton, California. As he photographed her, she recounted the details of her family’s experience in Cambodia during the regime of the Khmer Rouge. It was the first time she had ever shared these memories, and Pete found himself struck by a sense of “history and a connection to the past that had been for so long withheld…”. Strongly effected by the encounter, Pete began talking to Cambodian-Americans all across the country, attempting to parse their personal stories — ones of “trauma, displacement, and resilience” — into a larger, collective tale of perseverance and, most importantly, hope. The finished portrait of his grandmother is above, alongside a pre-revolution family portrait that was one of only two family possessions saved from before the Killing Fields, in 1972.

Hear more stories, and check out more of Pete’s work, by visiting his project page here.

Donald Weber

Voice of America, Kurdish Section

Donald Weber, 2012 Emergency Fund photographer, was featured on Kurdish section of Voice of America.

Ben Lowy

“An Arab Spring Success Story?”, Newsweek

Emergency Fund photographer Ben Lowy was featured in Newsweek print edition on July 23 & 30, 2012. Christopher Dickey penned the article “An Arab Spring Success Story?” examining Libya’s new leadership and oil market.

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Ben Lowy

Storyboard, iLibya

For the next week, EF 2012 photographer Ben Lowy will be providing Storyboard with exclusive images from his hipstamatic lens from his project iLibya.


Capturing Libya: Through a Hipstamatic Lens

To photojournalism purists, it was pure blasphemy: a prestigious prize, third place for photo of the year, granted to a New York Times photographer who’d used not a 35mm to document U.S. soldiers in Iraq, but simply, his iPhone — and an app called Hipstamatic. Immediately, traditionalists went berserk: “What we knew as photojournalism at its purest form is over,” one photojournalist lamented. Using Hipstamatic in a news report, another commentator proclaimed, was “cheating us all.”

And yet, to Ben Lowy, a conflict photographer who has made a career out of a certain brand of iPhonography — and will debut the first ever photojournalism-inspired Hipstamatic lens with his namesake later this year — the award was a well-needed wake-up call for photojournalism fundamentalists. Last February, Lowy set out to capture the uprising in Libya from his iPhone (alongside millions of protesters who’d document the Arab Spring on their mobile devices) in photos that would fuel reporting from the region in outlets around the globe. In October, Lowy’s Hipstamatic images of everyday life in wartime Kabul were published in the New York Times Magazine, prompting the magazine’s photo editor, Kathy Ryan, to defend their use on the paper’s 6th Floor blog. And since then, Lowy has published an iPhone photo a day — from dramatic images of war to mundane life in Brooklyn — on his Tumblr, captured under the title, iSee.

Read More


Human Rights Watch, Hate on the Streets

In July 2012, 2011 EF photographer Zalmai and Human Rights Watch partnered to produce “Hate on the Streets, Xenophobic Violence in Greece.” In the months between October and December 2011, NGOs in Greece recorded 63 incidents of xenophobic related violence in Athens and Patras and the violence continues to rise. Read the entire report here.

In 2011, the EF supported Zalmai’s project on the treatment of Afghani immigrants in Greece. Also featured on the site is an in-depth interview between Zalmai and HRW senior researcher Judith Sunderland. To view Zalmai’s EF project please click here

Bruce Gilden & Sim Chi Yin

PDN Reviews Photoville

“Feeling in need of artistic inspiration? Well we’ve got just the remedy for you this weekend! Head out to DUMBO in Brooklyn and follow the 1,000 foot long outdoor photographic installation, “The Fence” along the Brooklyn Bridge Park out to Photoville—a new pop-up photographic village that repurposes shipping containers as photo galleries.” – PDN

Bruce Gilden & Sim Chi Yin

Daylight Magazine Reviews Photoville

“The real hit of the exhibition was Bruce Gilden’s compelling, pertinent work on Foreclosures. Slapped to the door of the unit much like a haphazard eviction sign were enlarged contact sheets of the still images Gilden made of foreclosed properties and property owners in Fort Myers, Florida, Detroit, Michigan, and Fresno, California.” – Daylight Magazine


Cedric Gerbehaye

Featured in MotherJones


South Sudan came into being a year ago but remains fragile today: It is rife with violent conflict and corruption, and sorely lacks infrastructure.

In 2005, a peace treaty between Sudan’s mostly Muslim North and mostly Christian South put an end to Africa’s longest civil war and set in motion a process for the South to become independent. After almost 99 percent of the population voted for separation in January 2011, the leaders of the main Southern rebel group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, became the de facto leaders of the new nation. Today, the country is among the worst in health and education rankings globally. And President Salva Kiir recently admitted that the country’s leadership stole $4 billion in funds intended for clinics, roads, and schools.

Tomas van Houtryve

Exhibition, Behind the Curtains of 21st Century Communism


July 25 – August 31, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 26, 2012
VII Gallery
Brooklyn, New York

In support of Van Houtryve’s upcoming book of same name, VII Gallry presents “Behind the Curtain of Twenty-First Century Communism,” a body of work resulting from seven years spent documenting the world’s existing communist states.

Emily Schiffer

MotherJones, There Grows the Neighborhood

MotherJones published in print images from Emily Schiffer’s Securing Food in Chicagoland in their July/August 2012 issue.

But considering Emily Schiffer’s photos, I was reminded of Mother Teresa’s visit to a housing project on Chicago’s West Side in the mid-1980s. What rattled her was not the poverty of the pocket-book. She’d seen worse in India. Rather, it was what she called ‘the poverty of the spirit.’”

 The article will be online in July. We will keep you posted!

Bruce Gilden & Sim Chi Yin

The Literate Lens Reviews Photoville

I especially liked the way some of the exhibits used the container itself to create a unique installation…Bruce Gilden‘s exhibit on foreclosure included broken furniture and a ‘for rent’ sign strewn outside. Continuing the inventiveness, an exhibition on Chinese migrant workers by Sim Chi Yin included a makeshift bedroom set up in one corner, giving a sense of the cramped conditions of workers’ accommodations.” – The Literate Lens

Sebastian Liste

British Journal of Photography

Sebastian Liste, 2012 EF Photographer, wins The City of Perpignan’s Remi Ochlik Award, formerly the Young Photographer Award, for his work Urban Quilombo.

Bruce Gilden

Time LightBox feature

“Gilden got started on the topic in 2008, as part of a Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund effort to revisit a 1960’s project; the idea was that President Obama might present a parallel to President Kennedy, and that it was a good time to look at the state of the country. Gilden intended to go to Florida and photograph the people of Miami Beach, but his wife suggested that foreclosures might be a more appropriate subject.” – TIME Lightbox

Cedric Gerbehaye

New Statesmen, A Long Walk

South Sudan may be a brand new country but it’s fighting the same old war.

Cedric Gerbehaye

Ooggetuige: Echo’s Van Darfour, De Standaard

Eyewitness: Echo’s of Darfur was printed in De Standaard on March 25, 2012, featuring work by 2010 EF photographer Cedric Gerbehaye.

Tomas van Houtryve

Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

With each passing year, South Korea’s inhabited islands in the Yellow Sea look less idyllic and more like a war zone.

On Baengnyeong Island, South Korean marines can be seen digging fresh trenches and stacking sandbag fortifications. A collection of newly constructed bunkers stand ready to shelter islanders if North Korea unleashes an artillery attack.

Just before dusk on Wednesday, I watched a patrol of marines make their way along the island’s northern shore. The sea was calm and the air warm, but successive banks of anti-ship spikes and a long stretch of razor wire had altered the natural beauty of the beach. After dark, I spotted two Cobra attack helicopters with no lights skimming over the island.

Read full update at Pulitzer Center.

Evgenia Arbugaeva

Artlyst, Exhibition at Calumet London

During London Festival of Photography, Evgenia Arbugaeva will be exhibited at Calumet Photographic Gallery. If you’re in London or visiting London in June, see the show!

Dates: June 1- June 30

Location: Calumet Photographic Gallery 93-103 Drummond Street London, NWI2HJ

Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 8:30am-6:30pm Thursday-Friday, 8:30am-7:00pm Saturday, 9:00am-5:30pm

Saiful Huq Omi

Mother Jones and Magnum Foundation

Saiful Huq Omi, a photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, first focused on Burma’s Rohingya refugees in 2009, when he began documenting their lives in Bangladesh, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom. The Rohingya—an ethnic, religious, and linguistic minority from Burma’s northern Rakhine State—have been persecuted for decades; nearly a million of them are estimated to reside in Burma, while another half million have sought refuge in Bangladesh. Smaller populations have fled to other countries.

View full photo essay on Mother Jones

Pete Pin

Voices of America

Pin, 2011 EF Fellow, is featured on Voices of America for his project Displaced. 

I can’t say myself that I’m physically displaced, because I’m not. I’m American, this is my home. But I am culturally displaced. I exist in this vacuum of identity, where I don’t know what it means to be either fully American or Cambodian. And in addition to that, there’s this legacy that I have in my heart and on my shoulders that was given to me at birth as a result of what my parents lived through. And I am trying for most of my adult life to really understand what that means.

Read more and view the video here.

Cedric Gerbehaye

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

South Sudan: Untold Consequences of a Hidden War

Cedric Gerbehaye covered the growing tensions and the hidden war between the newly formed South Sudan and Sudan. The Khartoum regime continues to wage a war against the rebels of South Kordofan. 

“Humanitarian disaster,” “war crimes,” “crimes against humanity,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “another Darfur” are the terms used by observers and analysts. Air strikes, ground fighting, mortar fire, killing and sexual violence are the facts. More than 100,000 people fled this hidden war to take refuge in the remote and impoverished area of the border between Sudan and the new state of South Sudan.

Read the full report on Pulitzer Center site. 

Ben Lowy


Lowy spoke with James Estrin about cellphone photography.

“I think there are a lot of purists out there. It’s just like, when people didn’t accept Eggleston’s color photography and said you can’t do art with color. They couldn’t move on and were unwilling to accept this as a new form of communication, of art. I think that’s the same thing with iPhone photography”

Read the entire interview here.

Tomas Van Houtryve

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Borderland: In the Shadow of North Korea

Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting named Tomas Van Houtryve a 2012 grantee for his on-going project Borderland: In the Shadow of North Korea.

Tomas has been reporting from the field, and can be followed at Untold Stories. Big congrats to Tomas!

Emily Schiffer

Once Magazine


Back to the Garden: Tilling the Food Deserts of Chicago’s South Side, Once Magazine: Issue 7

Story by Emily Schiffer, and Tasha Flournoy

On Chicago’s West and South Sides, it can be easier to get a meal from a fast food restaurant than from a grocery store. Some residents travel twice as far, on average, to reach a grocery store than to reach a fast food restaurant. Corner stores are many families’ primary source of food and, until recently, few supplied affordable, healthy alternatives to processed food. For households without cars, travelling a mile or more to buy fresh food is a significant barrier.  

In the past five years, access to food in Chicago has started to change. Research, activism, and city policy have improved commercial food access and increasingly enabled locally-operated urban farms and gardens to supply their own neighborhoods. On Chicago’s South Side—composed of predominantly African American neighborhoods with the city’s highest concentration of food deserts—two sustainable gardens grow on what was previously a vacant lot. The gardens belong to the Remake the World Veterans Center (RTW) in the Washington Park neighborhood—across the street from the park that was a proposed site for the failed 2016 Olympic bid. Broken concrete roads and vacant lots hug corner stores named “Fish & Chicken” and “Finest Food Basket.” U.S. Military flags may wrap around the RTW’s front gates but all civilians looking for a hot meal are welcome.  

Evgenia Arbugaeva

Tiksi, Featured in Le Monde

Karen Mirzoyan

Mirzoyan featured on Camera Austria. 

“The Future” references the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh. This third installment of the cycle “Karabakh War” shows adolescents standing at sites where each of their fathers lost his life. Hisotry and the present day merge into one, and the isolation of the figures in pictorial space becomes symbolic for the futility of acts of war while simultaneously keeping memories alive of those who died for the future of their children. 

Saiful Huq Omi

Noorderlicht Photo Gallery, Commitment Award

Saiful Huq Omi was awarded the Noorderlicht Commitment Award for his project The Disowned and Denied: Stateless Rohingya Refugees of Burma. Omi has travelled with EF grant to Bradford, England, and with Kickstarter funds to Malaysia this past year. 

Larry Towell

Larry Towell featured on TIME LightBox

On March 23, 2012, Larry Towell appeared in TIME LightBox “Another Side of Afghanistan by Larry Towell.” In 2008, unwilling to photograph the Afghanistan war as embedded photographer set forth to see the country on his own with an Emergency Fund grant. 

Saiful Huq Omi & Sebastian Liste

Saiful Huq Omi and Sebastian Liste to be featured in 2012 3rd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism

From 1,200 applications, Omi and Liste were selected along with 59 others to be featured in the 3rd Lumix festival in Hannover, Germany. The festival is June 13-17, 2012. 

Cedric Gerbehaye

De Volkskrant, Flight from Sudan

2010 EF Photographer Cedric Gerbehaye’s work was featured on De Volkskrant, March 22, 2012. 

Pete Pin

New York Times, After Camps, New Horizons

On Sunday 18, Pete Pin’s work from Displace: The Cambodian Diaspora was featured in the New York Times in the Metropolitan Section. 

Evgenia Arbugaeva

Russia Beyond the Headlines, The Distant Latitudes of Childhood

Evegnia Arbugaeva was featured in Russia Beyond the Headlines for her Emergency Fund grant. 

Teun Voeten speaks at PDNB

Dallas Observer

On March 8, 2012, Teun Voeten spoke at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery (PDNB) on the escalating violence in Ciudad-Juarez.

War correspondence is an inescapable drug for Voeten, admittedly motivated by both self-interest and altruistic concern. He acutely understands the ethical questions behind photographing humans at their most vulnerable, in the throes of loss and despair, sometimes even just moments before death. And, he says it is crucial to realize when one’s work approaches the edge of voyeurism and exploitation, and to treat those moments with great respect and tasteful care. “We don’t like bad things to happen, but when they do,” he says, “We should photograph them.”

Bruce Gilden

Foreclosures in Las Vegas & Reno

Bruce Gilden, 2010 EF Photographer, completed his Kickstarter supported project Foreclosures in Las Vegas and Reno. As of February 2012, Las Vegas reclaimed its title as foreclosure capital of the country. Magnum in Motion produced Gilden’s photographs into a integrated multimedia piece. Gilden’s work in the Nevada region is part of his larger project on Foreclosures in America.

Yuri Kozyrev

More Photojournalism, Centre de Cultura Conemporania de Barcelona (CCCB)

CCCB and Photographic Social Vision features Yuri Kozyrev’s work from Revolution Roads in exhibition More Photojournalism. Revolution Roads includes coverage of Yemen, Libya, and Egypt. The exhibition will be up until May 28, 2012. 

Evgenia Arbugaeva

NY Times, Lens blog

Evgenia Arbuaeva was published in New York Times’ Lens blog on February 7, 2012. Arbuageva is documenting life in Tiksi, a port town on Siberia’s Arctic coast, through the eyes of Tania, a 13 year old girl. Please read full story. 

Teun Voeten

Exhibition at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery (PDNB)

Teun Voeten, 2011 EF photographer, will be exhibiting with Delilah Montoya and Jeffrey Silverthorne from February 18-May 5, 2012 at PDNB. The exhibition focuses on three different perspectives of the U.S./Mexico border. 

Ben Lowy


Ben Lowy was featured in Guardian’s “The month in photography – audio slideshow.” Lowy was chosen to represent the Emergency Fund 2012 grantees, which were publicly announced earlier this month. 

Pete Pin

TIME LightBox

Pete Pin, 2011 EF Fellow, was featured on the TIME LightBox for his project “Displaced: The Cambodian Diaspora.” Alongside the pictures, Pin wrote a personal statement about his project:

After surviving the Killing Fields, my family, along with hundreds of thousands of survivors, risked their lives trekking through the Khmer-Rouge-controlled jungle to reach a refugee camp in Thailand. There, my mother had what she believes to be a prophetic dream. In a field, an entire city’s worth of women were clawing with their bare hands in bloodstained dirt searching for an elusive diamond. To the disbelief of everyone in the dream, she serendipitously stumbled upon it wrapped in a blanket of dirt. The following day she discovered she was pregnant with me. The significance of this didn’t dawn on me until I started photographing this project. It was a vision of hope and renewal, that we as Cambodians are endowed with an incredible resilience and strength in human spirit. I have seen this in the faces of Cambodians I have photographed and have been incredibly humbled. In the words of my mother, it is a miracle to simply exist.

Pete Pin

Getty Reportage

Pete Pin, 2011 EF Fellow, has been featured in Getty Reportage’s Emerging Talent page. 

Emily Schiffer

Vision Project, Gallery Showcase

Emily Schiffer was featured in the Vision Project Gallery Showcase. 

The goal of Vision Project is to showcase the work of talented photographers around the world. 

Emily Schiffer

Half King Discussion

Emily Schiffer, EF photographer, Whitney Johnson, New Yorker Director of Photography, and Joseph Rodriguez, photographer, discussed How Photography Can Envision Change. 

In light of Schiffer’s recent Kickstarter campaign for SEE POTENTIAL, a project that uses photography to pre-visualize a better future in South Side, Chicago, Schiffer and Johnson spoke about how projects like SEE POTENTIAL can illuminate complicated issues and how photography can help transform communities. The Half King Photography Series hosted the discussion on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. 

SEE POTENTIAL aims to transform blighted buildings and empty lots in Chicago’s South Side into community centers and urban gardens. The project involves collaborations among photographers, artists, and local organizations to harness the impact of photographs, and use innovative technology to engage local community voices. 

Today is the last day of Emily’s Kickstarter campaign, so don’t be shy to show your support for SEE POTENTIAL

Teun Voeten

De Volkkrant

Teun Voeten featured in Netherlands publication De Volkkrant

Cedric Gerbehaye

Images Magazine, Soudan la guerre en pointille

Cedric Gerbehaye’s photos featured on French Images Magazine.

Cedric Gerbehaye

GIOIA Magazine

Cedric Gerbehaye published in Italian magazine GIOIA. 

Cedric Gerbehaye

Wereld Tijdschrift

Cedric Gerbehaye was published in magazine Wereld Tijdschrifit on July 20, 2011. 

Stephen Ferry

Violentology Blog

Stephen Ferry publishes online blog for Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict project

Violentology documents Colombia’s internal armed conflict, a complex and tragic war that is barely understood outside the country.  Read more on the blog here:

Stephen Ferry

Tim Hetherington Grant

Stephen Ferry awarded first Tim Hetherington Grant

Stephen Ferry, Emergency Fund 2012 photographer, was awarded the first Tim Hetherington Grant for “Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict.”  The €20,000 grant was chosen from 222 other applicants from among 56 countries. 

The judges commented:

“As Tim Hetherington immersed himself in West Africa, spending many years working and living in Liberia, so Stephen Ferry has dedicated himself to covering conflict in Colombia. Ferry is not only committed to creating an important historical record, he is also generating innovative approaches for disseminating that record within the community he documents, as well as to a worldwide audience.”

A big congratulations from the Magnum Foundation team!  For more information on Ferry’s Violentology project, please view his blog:

The grant was established to commemorate the legacy of photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in Libya earlier this year.

Yuri Kozyrev

TIME LightBox

Yuri Kozyrev photos from Yemen’s Change Square featured on TIME LightBox

Reposted from Time LightBox:

But unlike other cities, where the dead are forgotten in far away cemeteries, the martyrs of Change Square are at the center of attention. Photographs of those killed in the clashes flutter from the tent ropes that crisscross the city’s walkways. Portraits are plastered on the walls of the mosque.  Some protesters even wear bandanas printed with pictures of the dead wrapped around their forehead. And in the center of the square is a vast billboard where the protest’s grim toll is laid out in a mosaic of death intermingled with pride.  “We all want to be martyrs,” one young protestor told me. “To have change, we need to sacrifice, and sometimes that means our lives.” His friend agreed. “The only way we will get international attention for our cause is if there is blood on the streets.”


Tolo News, Afghan Refugees in Desperate Situation in Greece

Zalmai on Tolo News, the most popular and respected television station in Afghanistan, on Afghan refugees in Greece.

Zalmai, EF 2011 photographer, was featured in a live round table discussion on Tolo TV where his photographs and footage was screened.  Also featured on the panel was a state representative from the Ministry of Refugees and a representative of UNHCR. The show was very well received by the public opinion and has sparked a lot of public discussion on the fates of Afghans who venture into Europe. 

Zalmai’s project “Walking in Quicksand” examines the story of Afghani refugees and migrants in Greece. 

Zalmai and Towell

Time LightBox, “Afghanistan: The Photographs That Moved Them Most

Zalmai and Larry Towell featured in TIME LightBox article.

On the 10th Anniversary of the War in Afghanistan, 40 photographers speak on the photos that moved them most. Zalmai and Larry Towell who both covered the War in Afghanistan for their EF funded projects, were interviewed in TIME LightBox.  Other EF photographers Yuri Kozyrev, Alex Majoli, and Kadir von Lohuizen were also interviewed.  

Read 40 renowned photographers reflections on their experiences in covering the conflict. 

Krisanne Johnson

Time LightBox

Krisanne Johnson features in the Time LightBox

After Johnson received the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, TIme LightBox displayed a feature on her “I Love You Real Fast” project.  Krisanne Johnson first began documenting the Umhlanga dance, an 8 day ceremony where young female virgins cross the country to visit and honor the Queen Mother. Swaziland reports the highest percentage of HIV positive people in the world, with young women being the hardest hit.  For every two Swazi girls, one is infected.  

Over the past five years, the progression of this work has moved from traditional rites of passage to modern youth culture to an intimate look inside the homes of HIV-positive women. My insights have matured along with these young women. It has allowed me to witness fast-tracked intimacy and friends lost and gained. It has made me see that girls here are constantly on the verge––of giving birth to burying best friends, of finding love to fighting for life alone, stigmatized and heartbroken.

Read Krisanne’s writing on her project and view slides from “I Love You Real Fast” on Time LightBox.

Sohrab Hura

Duke University

Sohrab Hura’s project Pati explores the daily hardships of rural India, from desertification to some of the worst poverty conditions in the world. The exhibition was the first in an annual series of collaborations between Duke University Center for International Studies and Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund. This on-going partnership seeks to the Duke University community of the unpredictable range of global crises that arise every year.

Krisanne Johnson

W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography

Krisanne Johnson received $30,000 from the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. EF 2010 Photographer Krisanne Johnson, 36, received the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Grant Wednesday night.  In 2006,  Johnson began photographing coming of age women in Swaziland where one in every two young women are infected with HIV/AIDS.  She has made three trips, with the support of Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund, and from a Kickstarter campaign. She will return to do a fourth and final chapter with her grant that examines the daily lives of women who seek employment. 

Cedric Gerbehaye

Awarded Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grant for Land of Cush

The historic referendum and eventual secession of Republic of South Sudan may be cause for optimism, but peace in the fragile state remains elusive.

Unresolved issues between North and South Sudan are cause for worry, especially in Abyei—an area strategically vital to the oil resources on which both sides depend.But stability in Abyei isn’t the only problem for the newly independent South Sudan. The country is rife with tribal conflicts. Cattle raids between rival clans are common, and many tribes have refused to surrender their weapons to South Sudanese authorities. After decades of war, the country lacks the infrastructure needed for economic growth and societal development. Only four percent of the arable land in South Sudan is used for farming, raising concerns about food security.

-Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Krisanne Johnson

Half King Exhibition, I Love You Real Fast

Krisanne Johnson, 2010 EF photographer, and Susan Meiselas, Magnum Foundation president, participated in public discussion of Johnson’s long term project about Swazi youth, “I Love You Real Fast.”  The Half King bar and restaurant in Chelsea, NY hosted the slideshow and discussion.  The establishment will also be exhibiting Krisanne’s photographs through the end of November.  

The turnout was great, and thanks to everyone who came to support and learn about Krisanne’s project.  The conversation was recorded, and will be available through a podcast in the near future.  

Saiful Huq Omi

World Policy Journal, Fleeing Burma

2010 EF Photographer Saiful Huq Omi published article and  EF supported photos in World Policy Journal.

Omi has been documenting the lives of the Rohingya in three Bangladeshi refugee camps since March 2009.  The article covers the plight of the Rohingya people from a historical perspective beginning with the independence of Burma in 1948, and evolves to confront the contemporary crisis.  

The article is available through ProjectMUSE.  

Ian Teh

New York Times, Three Shadows, Coal + Ice

Images from Ian Teh’s on-going project Trace were selected in the Beijing exhibition, Coal and Ice.  

The exhibition was featured in article appearing the frontpage of Arts section in the NY Times. The exhibition was produced by the Asia Society in New York, attempting to call attention to the impact of man’s thirst for energy.  It was the first time in recent memory Three Shadows, a gallery space designed by artist Ai Wei Wei, was fully occupied.  

“Moving through the gallery, with its 161 works by more than 30 photographers, the viewer goes on a journey from the roots of climate change to its impact.”

Currently China and the United States are the largest producers of greenhouse gases.  EF photographers Ian Teh and Jonas Bendiksen were included in the show, which was co-currated by Susan Meiselas, president of the Magnum Foundation.  

Krisanne Johnson

TIME Magazine, Out of Step, His nation in crisis, a King indulges himself

Krisanne Johnson photographs from EF sponsored I Love You Real Fast, featured in the European edition of Time Magazine. 

The small African country Swaziland is home to one of the oldest monarchies in the world.  The article describes Swaziland’s annual Reed Dance, where tens of thousands of virgin girls trek across Swaziland to the Queen Mother’s royal residence.  During this event, King Mswati III will sometimes pick a new wife.  

For all the color of the ceremony, swati’s polygamy looks irresponsible next to what is today the world’s worst HIV/AIDS epidemic: infection among pregnant women is 41%, Swazi life expectancy is down to 43 years, and 31% of Swazi children are orphans. 

Krisanne Johnson

British Journal of Photography, Crowd-funding: With a little help from my friends

Krisanne Johnson, Emergency 2010 photographer, was featured in British Journal of Photography.

 I Love You Real Fast was a four year project started in 2006 by Krisanne Johnson.  One of the trips to Swaziland was funded by Magnum Foundation.  In an effort to help independent photographers find future funding, MF supported a Kickstarter to fundraise a follow-up trip. The British Journal of Photography writes about these new models of financing emerging for photographers such as Krisanne Johnson. 

This century, shrinking budgets and the advent of the 24-hour news cycle have forced the world of photography to change, and photographers have turned to other organisations to find the necessary funds to finance their projects.

Stephen Ferry

El Espectador, Stephen Ferry: retratista de tiempos dificiles (portrait of hard time)

Stephen Ferry interviewed by El Espectador, a Colombian newspaper.

Stephen Ferry first began photographing in Colombia in 1995.  In this interview, he speaks about Violentology, his book on the armed conflict in Colombia and his recent involvement with Claveles Rojos (Red Carnations), a photography exhibit depicting three views of violence.

Yuri Kozyrev

British Journal of Photography, On Revolution Road

Yuri Kozyrev, EF 2011 photographer, featured in British Journal of Photography article.

Yuri Kozyrev documented four revolutions (Yemen, Bahrain, Egypt, and Libya) over a period of nine months. Kozyrev’s work from the last year is largely acknowledged to be one of the most comprehensive coverage of the Arab world during this period of turmoil, culminating in the Visa D’or News Award. He spoke with Olivier Laurent about the sacrifices of in-depth journalism and his plans to move to Cairo.

“I missed a lot, there’s no question about that. I wish I could have stayed longer in all these places. If you remember, when I was working in Iraq I was staying on the ground; I was looking for more in-depth stories. But right now, I think that’s the only way we can cover it.” 

The Magnum Foundation supported the Libya leg of Kozyrev’s journey, which Kozyrev acknowledged in the interview “only happened thanks to the support of the Magnum Foundation and Time.” 

Support in-depth critical journalism.  Read the interview.  View our stories. 

Ian Teh

Eyes on China, Interview with 1416

Ian Teh interviewed for 1416 Photo Blog, a bilingual Chinese/English blog on photography.

Teh discusses his interest in China, including the Magnum Foundation sponsored project “Traces.”  Here is an excerpt: 

The focus is on the landscape, the environment and what it can tell us about society and government based on the recent physical changes along China’s mother river.

Read more here:

Teun Voeten and Zalmai

Panos Pictures Exhibition, Generation 9/11

Teun Voeten curated Panos Pictures exhibition at the GEMAK in The Hague, Netherlands, featuring work with EF 2011 photographer Zalmai. 

The exhibition is located at Vrije Academie and will be exhibited from September 10-October 30 2011. The exhibition examines the impact of 9/11 over the last decade. 

Karen Mirzoyan

Burn Magazine, I00 Self Portraits

Karen Mirzoyan’s photographs and writings featured in spread of Burn Magazine, issue 02.

Karen Mirzoyan, EF 2010 photographer, set out three years ago to document the transitional states of the unrecognized republics of the Caucasus.   He traveled to Karabakh, Abkhazia, South Ossentia, and Karabakh.  In this issue of Burn, his photographs are complimented by his personal writings reflecting on his experiences there.  Get a copy of this limited edition of Burn Magazine before it’s sold out!

Stephen Ferry

Tedx Talk, Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict

Stephen Ferry gave a Tedx Talk in Colombia about journalism and human rights in the Colombian area. 

Karen Mirzoyan

Lens Culture, New Russian Contemporary Photography

Karen Mirzoyan selected as top pick from Moscow’s International Portfolio Review.

2010 Emergency Fund photographer Karen Mirzoyan participated in the international Portfolio Review for Russian Photographers in Moscow.  This weeklong photography event and exhibition was the first of this scale and scope in Russia. 185 photographers were choosen to participate from over 2,400 applications.  The selected 185 had the opportunity to show and discuss their work in one-on-one meetings with 45 international photography experts.  


Lens Blog, In Afghanistan, ‘Unbelievable Force of Life’

Zalmai Ahad, 2011 Emergency Fund photographer, was featured in The New York Times’ Lens Blog for his work in Afghanistan.

Zalmai also spoke with James Estrin on the concept of his photographs. Instead of focusing on the military aspect of Afghanistan, Zalmai told the story of daily life for Afghanis.  He shot with a iPhone so he could capture intimate scenes and easily shoot in every situation. 

Nobody wanted to tell this story.  Images from Afghanistan are always related to military action. But if you want to understand what went wrong in Afghanistan, you have to be a little more focused on the Afghan people. I wanted to show that life goes on every day—that people have hopes and dream like everywhere else. 

Read the whole transcription and see the photos on Lens Blog. 

Karen Mirzoyan

Point of View

Photographs by Karen Mirzoyan on the Unrecognized Islands of Caucasus.

Mirzoyan’s full EF project is available to be viewed here


Krisanne Johnson, Cedric Gerbehaye, and Larry Towell featured in DC NIGHT GALLERY

Karen Mirzoyan

The Russian Reporter, The War After the War

Photo essay by Karen Mirzoyan

To view Mirzoyan’s EF project in entirely click here:

Cedric Gerbehaye

Visa Pour L’image, Exhibition

Exhibition featuring photographs by Cedric Gerbehaye

Watch Cedric Gerbehaye’s EF photo essay in full at

Yuri Kozyrev

Awarded Vis d’or News Award at Visa Pour L’image

Yuri Kozyrev received top honors for coverage in the Arab world

Yuri Kozyrev

Visa Pour L’image, Exhibition

Exhibition featuring photographs by Yuri Kozyrev

Angkor Photo Festival

2011, 7th Annual Photo Festival

Saiful Huq Omi, Yuri Kozyrev, Emily Schiffer, Zalmai, and Shehab Uddin featured in South Asian photo festival.

Karen Mirzoyan

Esquire Magazine, The Rules of Life in Russia

Photographs by Karen Mirzoyan

To view Mirzoyan’s full EF project click here:

Kadir Van Lohuizen

The Washington Post, U.S. Special Forces prepare to leave Iraq

Slideshow by Kadir Van Lohuizen

On January 29, 2011, The Washington Post published a slideshow of Kadir van Lohuizen’s work from Iraq. Lohuizen documented U.S. preparation for the withdrawal of Special Forces in Iraq. Check out Lohuizen’s full EF story here

Kadir Van Lohuizen


Photographs by Kadir Van Lohuizen

Check out Lohuizen’s full EF story here

Cedric Gerbehaye

Medecine San Frontiers ,Sudan: A People Way Too Used to Suffering

Cedric Gerbehaye and Medecins Sans Frontiers collaborated to produce short video Sudanese people humanitarian conditions.

Cedric Gerbehaye visits Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinics to document the humanitarian situation in advance of the Southern Sudan referendum. In 2005, the North and South signed a peace agreement ending Africa’s longest civil war. On January 9, 2011, the Sudanese people will vote on a Southern Sudan independence referendum. This video examines the crucial period leading to the referendum and general humanitarian condition of the Sudanese people. View Gerbehaye’s complete EF project at 

Cedric Gerbehaye

STERN, Land in Sicht? (Land in Sight)

Article by Marc Goergen and Photographs by Cedric Gerbehaye 

German weekly news magazine, Stern (Star), published photographs by Cedric Gerbehaye to accompany article on Southern Sudan independence.  On 9 July 2011 Southern Sudan officially became the youngest country of the world.  This article examines the first months of this new nation, a land in sight. 

View more EF photographs that have impacted in the world at: 

Or see Gerbehaye’s EF project here

Cedric Gerbehaye

Born in Blood, TIME Magazine

Cedric Gerbehaye’s photographs featured alongside TIME magazine article Born in Blood. 

Sohrab Hura

Hura hosts 5 informal exhibitions in rural areas of the Pati region

Sohrab Hura exhibited his photographs in five locations around the Pati and Palsud Block. Exhibitions were hung in strategic places around the villages where foot traffic was high including a makeshift bus stop in the Savariyapani village in the Pati Block. Other exhibitions was hung in the market center of Bokhrata Panchayat and on the school walls in the Talavali Falia village. There were no walls at the exhibition in the Palsud Block in Badwani district, so viewers were encouraged to handle the prints and pass them around. The theme of the exhibitions largely revolved around young mothers and early pregnancy. A couple of the exhibitions were featured in conjunction with a public discussion on health issues within the community and the photographs.

Yuri Kozyrev

TIME LightBox, Dispatched from Yemen

Photo essay by Yuri Kozyrev

Yuri Kozyrev spent three weeks in Yemen documenting violent and anti-government protests.  Yemen has been under authoritarian rule for nearly three decades, and is demographically one of the poorest populations in the Arabian Peninsula, with a 40 percent unemployment rate.  This year, over 350 people died in the protests.  His work was published in Time Magazine’s LightBox.  

Kozyrev’s photos shine a light on a country convulsed by violence, steeped in danger, seeking a way out. 

-Ishaan Taroor, Time Magazine contributor 

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Cedric Gerbehaye

Birth and Death in Sudan, Time LightBox

Cedric Gerbehaye featured in Time LightBox in June 2011. 

Larry Towell

New Yorker,  Force and Futility

Article by Jon Lee Anderson with Photographs by Larry Towell

Magnum photographer Larry Towell has made five trips to Afghanistan, including one funded by the EF in 2010 and another with an EF-supported Kickstarter. Images from these trips were featured in the May 16 2011 issue of The New Yorker.  

After the loss of more than fourteen hundred American lives and countless billions of dollars spent in Afghanistan, the southeast remains in many ways unchanged. 

-Jon Anderson

Anderson and Towell ask “Is it time to leave Afghanistan”? To see other EF funded projects in the media, click here:

Slideluck Potshow

New York Photo Festival XVI

EF Photographers Bruce Gilden, Krisanne Johnson, Dominic Nahr were featured at Slideluck Potshow at St. Ann’s Warehouse. The slideshow was curated by Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography at the New Yorker and was centered around the “Upheaval” theme.

Stephen Ferry

The New York Times

Stephen Ferry’s story on Colombia’s gold rush was featured on NY Times on March 3, 2011. View Ferry’s slideshow here. Or read the article here

Cedric Gerbehaye

Washington Post, Looming Challenge for Southern Sudan: Regulating Oil Companies

Article by Rebecca Hamilton and Photographs by Cedric Gerbehaye

Cedric Gerbehaye’s photo accompanied Washington Post article on regulating oil in future Southern Sudan.  With upcoming Referendum and the consequential likelihood of independence, this article examines how the oil rich Southern Sudan will regulate this valuable resource, a resource which they hope will bring them prosperity in the future.  

As a land ravaged by decades of war prepares to become an independent nation this summer, many southern Sudanese are pinning their hopes for prosperity on oil. 

Cedric Gerbehaye

Sunday Times Magazine

Cedric Gerbehaye’s photos featured in Sunday Times Magazine. 

Cedric Gerbehaye

DE STANDAARD, Tocht Naar Vrijheid of Naar Open Oorlog? (Journey to Freedom or to Open War?)

Photographs by Cedric Gerbehaye 

Cedric Gerbehaye’s photos appeared in weekend edition of the Flemish daily newspaper De Standaard.  The reportage examines the month anticipating the Southern Sudan succession, including both the hopes for future peace and the fears for open war.  

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Or see Gerbehaye’s completed EF project here

Cedric Gerbehaye

De Volkskrant

Cedric Gerbehaye published in De Volkskrant.

Cedric Gerbehaye

Birth Pains, TIME Magazine

Cedric Gerbehaye’s Sudan photographs featured Birth Pains, an article about the South Sudan independence. 

Cedric Gerbehaye

TIME Photos,Southern Sudan Preps for Nationhood

A Photo Essay by Cedric Gerbehaye

In the three months before the Southern Sudanese Independence Referendum and Southern Sudan secedes and forms an independent nation, Cedric Gerbehaye photographed the area and people within it.  Photographs in the essay visualize the political climate surrounding this historic time and show the ingrained obstacles the new country must face, including cattle warfare and extreme poverty.

The region is bracing itself for the fall out from the January referendum. Unless the world intervenes to ease the new country’s birth, the new anthem of Southern Sudan, one of the world’s poorest regions, may be drowned out by funeral dirges.