FotoEvidence operates as a foundation in Europe (EIN:177147626) and the VII Foundation serves as its 501 (c) 3 fiscal sponsor in the United States. US tax deductible contributions can be sent to the VII Foundation indicating that it is intended for FotoEvidence. VII Foundation, 429 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036 USA (EIN: 510427657)
The FotoEvidence Foundation
works at the intersection of human rights and photography through the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo and the FotoEvidence W Award for a woman photographer.
1. FotoEvidence publishes high-quality photo books for humanistic photographers focused on human rights.
2. FotoEvidence partners with festivals and exhibit spaces to mount exhibits, do presentations and book signings.
3. FotoEvidence donates books for public education to schools, libraries and advocacy organizations.
FotoEvidence publishes the work of the award winners in high-quality, hardbound photo books. The FotoEvidence Book Award winner and two finalists are exhibited at the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam, at the FotoEvidence Book Award exhibit at the Bronx Documentary Center in New York, and at the International Month of Photojournalism Festival in Padua, Italy, as well as other venues depending on the photographer and the issue addressed.
Images alone will not change the world, so FotoEvidence often collaborates with advocacy organizations whose participation increases the impact of the photography. FotoEvidence has worked with Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Fortify Rights, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, ChildFund Australia, World Vision and several other international NGOs working on children’s health, women’s rights, indigenous rights and human rights in general.
The FotoEvidence Foundation is based in Bulgaria, Svetlana's country of origin. In the United States the VII Foundation (EIN: 510427657) serves as its fiscal sponsor for tax deductible contributions. Donations may be sent to the VII Foundation indicating they are intended for FotoEvidence: VII Foundation, 429 West 45th St. New York, NY 10036.
One goal of the FotoEvidence Foundation is to support the work of humanistic photographers working in long form on issues related to human rights. In addition to granting the award books, FotoEvidence collaborates with photographers to raise the resources needed to publish their work, using foundation grants, partnerships with advocacy groups, and crowd funding.
FotoEvidence Press was founded in 2010 to continue the tradition of using photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and assaults on human dignity wherever they may occur. Photographs have not only changed people’s perception but, in some cases, altered the course of history.
FotoEvidence works at the intersection of photography and human rights. Images alone will not change the world but photographs can provide indisputable evidence and human stories that serve to make issues salient and inspire response. To this end, FotoEvidence has partnered on projects with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and The Open Society Foundation among several other advocacy groups.
For ten years, the FotoEvidence Book Award recognized one photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of social justice and, in 2017, FotoEvidence partnered with World Press Photo. The book award was renamed the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The selected project is published by FotoEvidence as part of a series of photo books dedicated to the work of photographers, whose commitment and courage deliver painful truths, creating awareness and intolerance towards violations of human dignity.
Since 2018, The FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo winner and two ﬁnalists will be included in the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam and the annual FotoEvidence Exhibit in New York.
In 2018 FotoEvidence launched The W Award, devoted to engaged women photographers who want to tell their stories in the form of a photo book. At this moment, women around the world are seeking equal rights and equal opportunity. The FotoEvidence W Award for Personal Story will suppot this movement. It will be granted by a selection committee to one woman whose work merits a book. The hardbound book will be published by FotoEvidence. Two other photographers will receive honorable mentions. Through their lenses women can shape the world differently and we want to give them this chance.
Past recipients of the FotoEvidence Book Award include: Javier Arceniilas for “Sicarios: Latin American Assassins”, Alex Masi for “Bhopal: Second Disaster,” Robin Hammond for “Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis”, Majid Saeedi for “Life in War", Marcus Bleasdale for "The Unravelling" ,Daniella Zalcman for "Signs of Your Identity", Josue Rivas for "Standing Strong" and Patrick Brown with "No Place on Earth".
Past finalists for the award include: Massimo Berruti, Valerio Bispuri, Paula Bronstein, Fabio Bucciarelli, William Daniels, Maxim Dondyuk, Michelle Frankfurter, Tanya Habjouqa , Jon Lowenstein, Fernando Moreles, Boniface Mwangi, Joao Pina, Andrea Star Reese, Vlad Sokhin, Lizzie Sadin, Lisa Wiltse, Mario Cruz, Hossein Fatemi, Ingetje Tadros, Narciso Contreras, Jan Grarup, Amnon Gutman, Alessio Romenzi ,Fabian Muir, Danielle Villasana, Zackary Canepari Fausto Podavini and Mikael Owunna.
Members of the book award jury from 2010- 2015 include: Christophe Agou, Lys Anzia, Svetlana Bachevanova. Dimitri Beck, Annie Boulat, Ed Kashi, Olivier Laurent, Jean-Francois Leroy, Greg Marinovich, Regina Monfort, Mark Murrmann, Cheryl Newman, Andre Polikanov, Reza, Joseph Rodriguez, Marcel Saba, Stephen Shames, Maggie Steber, David Stuart, Mikko Takkunen, Robert Nickelsberg, Alison Stieven-Taylor, Kelli Grant, Nina Berman, Elisabeth Biondi, James Colton, Eli Reed, Molly Roberts, John Stanmeyer, Lars Boering, Daniella Zallcman, Jen Tse, Peter van Agtmael, Sara Leen, Peter Bouckaert, Sara Terry and Muhammed Muheisen, Philip Blenkinsop, Anne Colenbrander, Mario Cruz, David Gonzalez, Jessica Lim.Lakgetho Makola, David Stuart, Laura El-Tantawy, Yukiko Yamagata.
In addition to publishing the winner of the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo, FotoEvidence has worked with several ﬁnalists to crowd fund the publication of a book of their work. As a result of these collaborations, FotoEvidence has published Crying Meri: Violence Against Women in Papua New Guinea by Vlad Sokhin, Urban Cave by Andrea Star Reese, Destino by Michelle Frankfurter and Occupied Pleasures by Tanya Habjouqa, Endurance by Omar Havana, This is My Country by Ingetje Tadros, The Dream by Fabio Bucciarelli, Talibes Modern Day Slaves by Mario Cruz, Gaza Girl: Growing up in the Gaza Strip by Monique Jaques.and the English ediiton of 46750 by Joao Pina.
FotoEvidence also pioneered in the publication of digital photo books. When FotoEvidence published Bronx Boys by Stephen Shames, Paul Moakley at TIME Magazine called it, “one of the ﬁrst true digital photo-monographs that can be downloaded to your computer.” (Time.com, August 16, 2011). Since then FotoEvidence has published a series of digital photo books available through the iTunes bookstore.
- 46750 by Joao Pina selected as a finalist Lucie Photo Book Prize, winner FOLA Photobook Prize, finalist of the Prix Nadar Gens d'Image, 2018.
- A Light Inside by Danielle Villasana selected among the Best Photobooks of the Year 2018 by Women Photograph.
- The Dream by Fabio Bucciarelli is selected among the Best Photobooks of the Year 2016 by TIME magazine.
- Signs of Your Identity by Daniella Zalcman among the Most Stunning Photo Books of 2016 by Mother Jones.
- Signs of Your Identity by Daniella Zalcmanis selected as one of the Best Books of 2016 by Photo-eye.
- The Unravelling by Marcus Bleasdale was selected as one of the best books of the 2015 by Smithsonian magazine and Mother Jones magazine.
- Occupied Pleasures was selected as one of the best books of 2014 by TIME magazine.
- Destino by Michelle Frankfurter was included among the best photo books of the year by Vogue Italy and Photo-eye in 2014.
- Sicarios: Latin American Assassins by Javier Arcenillas was selected as one of the best books of the year by Photo-eye in 2012.
- Black Tsunami by James Whitlow Delano received the PX3 Bronze Prize for digital photo books in 2012.
PORTFOLIO REVIEWS AND MORE
Ten years ago FotoEvidence was established to support photographers working in a humanistic traditions.
Starting May 17th, 2020 on an ongoing basis the FotoEvidence team, Svetlana Bachevanova, David Stuart and Regina Monfort is offering help to photographers with what we can do best.
Svetlana and Regina:
photo editing and sequencing
coaching on long-term projects
developing a project with a book in mind
30 min. portfolio review
David- writing and editing project statements and grant proposals
To book an appointment with one of us and for more details please email:
Regina at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Svetlana at: email@example.com
David at: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO WE ARE