Arab Documentary Photography Program

Call for Applications!
The We’re excited to announce the call for applications for the 3rd cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Program in partnership with the Prince Claus Fund and The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. The call will be open until April 1st, 2016. Learn more about how to apply here.

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.

About ADPP
The Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) is a program jointly funded by the Prince Claus Fund and The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture that 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.


2015 ADPP Grantees
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

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)