Arab Documentary Photography Program

We partnered with Uncorked Studios to create a website showcasing the growing collection of projects from the Arab Documentary Photography Program. This site brings creative, personal, and in-depth stories from across the Arab region to the global public. Uncorked Studios is a product design and development company focused on the relationship between digital environments and the physical world.

2015 ADPP Grantees
Magnum Foundation
 (MF), The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), and the Prince Claus Fund are happy to announce the newest group of grantees for the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP). Applications hailed from 16 Arab countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. 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 projects.

Arwa Alneami (Saudi Arabia) for “Never Never Land
Tasneem Alsultan (Saudi Arabia) for “Separated in Saudi
Mohamed El Fatih Hamadain (Sudan) for “Gold Madness
Elsie El Haddad (Lebanon) for “Silent Crisis – on life after imprisonment
Hicham Gardaf (Morocco) for “The Backstage of Reality
Mustafa Jirde (Somalia) for “Invisible Differences
Eyad Kasem (Syria) for “Inertia
Heba Khalifa (Egypt) for “Homemade
Ahmad Mousa Qasem (Iraq) for “Awaiting Their Dead
Zeid Romdhane (Tunisia) for “Phosphate Road

The Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) is a program jointly funded by Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and Prince Claus Fund and will run from 2014 to 2016, targeting creative documentary photographers in the Arab region.

The focus of the ADPP is to support compelling non-stereotypical and unconventional visual documentation of important social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region. In recognition to the image’s power to document, educate and advocate, the ADPP will also explore ways by which such a body of work will reach out to wider audiences and engage with them in a compelling and impactful ways. Photographers may propose to work in a range of non-fiction narrative styles, from classic documentary photography to more experimental visual storytelling, and may propose to include audio and video elements.

The program’s objectives are: (1) to raise the level of creative documentary photography in the Arab region, (2) to train photographers and expand their approaches to visual storytelling, (3) to share strong visual narratives from the Arab region regionally and internationally, and (4) to explore wider access to documentary photography and a more active engagement with its audiences.

2014 ADPP Grantees
Amira Al-Sharif (Yemen) for “Yemeni Women with Fighting Spirits”
Eman Bedir (Egypt) for “Just Stop
Faisal Al Fouzan (Kuwait) for “Friday Gathering
Hamada El Rasam (Egypt) for “Leftovers of Conflict
Mahmoud Elnagmy (Egypt) for “Living in Shelters
Natalie Naccache (Lebanon) for “Middle/Higher Syrian refugees Community
Omar Imam (Syria) for “Live Love Refugee
Reem Falaknaz (UAE) for “The Place of Perpetual Undulation
Samar Hazboun (Palestine) for “Beyond Checkpoints
Zara Samiry (Morocco) for “Tales of the Moroccan Amazons

(splash image © Ahmad Mousa Qasem)