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Ten new grantees for the 2016 Arab Documentary Photography Program

10 Jun, 2016 

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture -AFAC, Prince Claus Fund -PCF and Magnum Foundation -MF are happy to announce the selection of the newest group of grantees for the third cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Program – ADPP.  


The third call for ADPP applications opened on February 1st and closed on May 1st. We received 100 applications from 17 Arab countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.  


A three-membered jury was called upon to review the applications and choose the best projects to support. This year’s jurors were Zeina Arida, director of the Sursock Museum, Susan Meiselas, photographer and President of the Magnum Foundation, and Tarek Al-Ghoussein, artist and Professor of Visual Art at New York University Abu Dhabi.  


The selected photographers will receive a production grant and benefit from two intensive workshops to be held in Beirut, as well as a 6-month mentorship program to oversee the development of their individual project.  


Furthermore, ADPP will explore opportunities for engaging wider viewership and enhancing the visibility of the selected projects in selected venues within and outside the region. 


Visit the program's website: arabdocphotography.org




The jurors of ADPP Program held a meeting in Beirut on June 1st and selected ten projects: Egypt (3), Lebanon (2), Jordan (1), Algeria (1), Saudi Arabia (1), Morocco (1) and Sudan (1). This was their statement:  


The Jury for the 2016 Arab Documentary Photography Program selected 10 projects from an open call with over 100 proposals from 17 countries, launching the third cycle of the program. Once again, we were pleased to see a wide variety of approaches to be explored within the genre of Documentary Photography. This ranges from a classic approach in Black and White focusing on a deserted mine in Morocco in “Bribes de Vie” to a narrative account, but this time in color, about disappearance of public spaces in Lebanon in “Dalieh; on the Edge”, in contrast to a more conceptual approach utilizing collage and text with the project “Hide and Seek” about graveyards as playgrounds for children in Egypt.


There was a great diversity in the topics addressed as well. The spectrum of themes moves from the extremely personal such as in “Beyond Sacrifice” which explores the lives of celibate women in Lebanon, to wider issues such as “Infertile Crescent” which will document the ecological effects of the controversial Red - Dead Sea pipeline.”




Post-revolutionary social change in Egypt by Mostafa Bassim (Egypt) 
Infertile Crescent by Nadia Bseiso (Jordan) 
Loss by Hadeer Mahmoud (Egypt) 
Hide and Seek by Sara Sallam (Egypt) 
El Houma by Youcef Krache (Algeria) 
Dalieh; On the Edge by Roy Saade (Lebanon) 
Beyond Sacrifice by Carmen Yahchouchi (Lebanon) 
Bribes de Vie by Mehdy Mariouch (Morocco) 
Who Said White Is Better? by Muhammad Salah (Sudan)


For the full press release with detailed bios of the Jurors, the program’s advisors and coordinators >>

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