About




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 FotoEvidecne 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 

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 eight 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. 

who we are
SVETLANA BACHEVANOVA
Publisher 

Svetlana Bachevanova is a publisher  and co-founder of FotoEvidence and documentary photographer with interest in human rights that began while living under a communist dictatorship in her native Bulgaria. In 1989, after the fall of the regime, Svetlana join the first anticommunist newspaper "Demokratia" where she led the photo department. Seven years later she became the head of the photo department in the Bulgarian News Agency. Svetlana covered the transition to democracy in Bulgaria, Slovenia, Lithuania, the war in Kosovo and Bosnia, the separation of the Soviet Union, the revolution in Romania. In 2001 Svetlana moved to New York where she founded FotoEvidence to continue her life work of using photography to fight oppression and expose human rights violations. She seeks to help photographers who work to document and fight against human rights violation so the story of her country and friends will never happen again.

DAVID STUART
Managing Editor

David Stuart is a co-founder of FotoEvidence. He is a sociologist with an interest in human rights that began as a teenager at the United Nations International School in New York. In a previous incarnation, he was a founder of the Freelance Players (now Rehearsal for Life) an educational theater organization in Boston. As the Executive Director of the Disarmament Action Network, he spent fiveyears working with a coalition of dozens of organizations to mobilizie opposition to US military and foreign. He spent eight years with the Boston College Media Research and Action Project designing and analyzing research on the mass media and political discourse. He has managed political campaigns and worked as a consultant to business social movement and non-profit organizations. 

 
REGINA MONFORT
Photo Editor

Régina Monfort is a french-born photographer and editor living in New York City. Her work focusing on issues pertaining to youth, cultural identity and social stigmas has been widely exhibited in the United States and abroad. 

From 1997 to 2002, Monfort was the New York-based assistant to documentary film director Jean-Pierre Krief on the series Contacts.
She has taught at CUNY/La Guardia Community College, Pratt Institute and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Monfort brings her formal experience working with major photographic legacies to her editing projects.  She embraces working with long-form narratives, sequencing and articulating stories so they may serve as enduring testimonies. Since joining the FotoEvidence team in 2010 she has edited a number of books, including: Daniella Zalcman’s Signs of Your Identity, Marcus Bleasdale’s The Unravelling, and Tanya Habjouqa’s Occupied Pleasures. 

Susann Tischendorf
Content Contributor


Susann Tischendorf is a German documentary photographer whose work focuses on human rights, women, identity, and the environment. A strong focus of her current work is life in rural communities in Asia and their importance for resilience building when facing increased migration due to natural hazards, economic instability, and climate change. She also works on the long-term project PRISMS, a collaborative storytelling series about the many layers of identity, migration, and belonging. This topic is very personal to her as she grew up witnessing the impactful transitions in society following the fall of the Berlin Wall.

She studied audiovisual communications at the University of Arts in Berlin and Sorbonne University in Paris, as well as international relations at Johns Hopkins University in Bologna and Washington, D.C. She was trained in documentary film at Arte TV in Strasbourg. During the past 7 years, she has worked for international organizations, including the World Bank and the United Nations, documenting and researching on topics of disaster risk management and resilience building in local communities through inclusiveness, focusing on projects in Asia and Africa. For her commitment in volunteering she was rewarded the Silver Honorary Needle of the Federation of Welfare Associations in Germany.

Her works have been exhibited by the International Photographic Society, the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University, Prachtwerk Berlin, and published by the United Nations and the World Bank Group. She is a member of the Berlin-based photo collective GWS. She was recently selected for the Director’s Grant in Documentary Photography Studies of the International Center for Photography in New York City.

Melike Taşcıoğlu 
Designer
Melike Taşcıoğlu is a book designer, academician and artist. She studied graphic design at Anadolu University Faculty of Fine Arts and San Diego State University School of Art, Design and Art History. She completed her master’s at Anadolu University, and a Proficiency in Arts degree at Köln University and Anadolu University, The Institute of Social Sciences. 

Taşçıoğlu’s printworks have often been exhibited solo and in national and international juried exhibitions. She has written two books, one on book design and one on environmental graphic design, and published many articles on the topic of graphic design. She has also self-published her own artist’s books. In addition to her book designing, she works as an Associate Professor at  Anadolu University.
NABEEL MUSHTAQ
Backend Engineer

Compiled built, and deployed in Islamabad, Nabeel has been field tested for over half a decade now with state of the art tools and technologies. His once lowly performance enjoyed rapid upgrades at National University, where he extended on his base OS to understand Software Engineering in particular and Computer Science in general. After beta testing in startup market, Nabeel found his way as technology consultant for over a year now where he plays active role in establishing enterprise applications. Now a days you would find him orchestrating development activities.

 
 

 

CONTACT

For questions about FotoEvidence:

info@fotoevidence.com
For questions about the FotoEvidence Book Award:
dstuart@fotoevidence.com
For problems with Book Award submission, contact:
nabeel@fotoevidence.com
For media Inquiries contact:
Svetlana@fotoevidence.com
 
To pitch a project to FotoEvidence contact:
Svetlana@fotoevidence.com