Three photographers from AFAC’s Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) have recently received recognition by distinguished institutions in the international photography scene.
ADPP photographer, Zied Ben Romdhane from Tunisia, has been selected as one of two new nominees to the Magnum Photos agency. Commenting on this nomination, Magnum President, Thomas Dworzak, stated: “We are delighted to welcome our (…) new nominees, (…) very distinct voices. (…) Zied, born in 1981, in Tunisia has been relentlessly documenting both change and friction in his homeland. It’s inspiring for all of us to see the new talent being brought into – as well as that which has grown in – the collective.”
Additionally, two female photographers from the ADPP program, Iman Al-Dabbagh from Saudi Arabia and Shaima Al Tamimi from Yemen, were awarded Women Photograph + Nikon Grants for 2019, worth $5,000 each. They were selected along 4 other photographers from over 1,300 applications by women and non-binary photographers around the world.
The Arab Documentary Photography Program - ADPP is a jointly funded program by AFAC and the Prince Claus Fund, in partnership with the Magnum Foundation. ADPP supports and amplifies creative approaches to visual storytelling in an effort to raise the level of creative documentary photography in the Arab region, and to share non-stereotypical and unconventional documentation of important social issues in the Arab region. Selected grantees receive production support for long-term creative projects within an eight-month individual mentorship program. To date, ADPP has supported 50 compelling works by Arab photographers working across a range of experimental styles of storytelling.