How You Can Support Social Issue Photography

Image: © Krisanne Johnson

HOW DOES A PHOTOGRAPHER ENGAGE WITH A SOCIAL ISSUE? An initiative by Magnum Photos called The Emergency Fund aims to support independent photographers who are committed to engaging with social issues over the long-term and on projects that need more media attention.

The projects are selected by an editorial board that reviews proposals from 100 professional photographers. Up to twenty projects are chosen from this field.

You can donate to The Emergency Fund to support the work of the selected photographers. Magnum has partnered with Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects, to manage fundraising.

At the moment, the fund’s interactive website features a world map pinpointed with several of the fund’s projects currently underway; most are “Coming Soon” but right now you can view “I Love You Real Fast,” (above) about young H.I.V. positive women in Swaziland; “Crisis In Afghanistan,” which documents heroin addiction; and “Land of Cush,” which captures the mood in Sudan as it edges closer to a referendum in 2011.

View these visual essays at Magnum’s Emergency Fund site. Read more about the Fund in this story from Wired, including images from nine photographers supported by Magnum’s program.