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Emily Schiffer Launches Largest Social Impact Photography Project Across the U.S.


Emily Schiffer (MFA 16) co-created We, Women, a nationwide platform to support women, transgender, and non-binary photographers who combine images and grassroots strategies to create empathy and social impact on critical issues across the United States, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

We, Women recently launched an Open Call for Artists. The first phase of the developing project will feature up to 20 projects launching in 2020.

Each artist will receive:

▪ A cash grant of $5,000-$10,000 for the continuation of existing work or the creation of a new project in a community they have a demonstrated commitment to
▪ Mentorship and production support from We, Women leaders, project partners, and advisors
▪ Promotion and marketing
We, Women exhibition at Photoville Fall 2020 in New York City
▪ Inclusion in a traveling nationwide exhibition with / concurrent programming beginning Fall 2020

We, Women believes photographs are only the beginning of a creative and socially-minded process. We support work rooted in collaboration, blurring the lines between author, photographed community, and audience. We support a range of artistic and documentary approaches including photography, video, interactive technology, and the use of historical archives.

Learn more about how to apply here: https://​www​.wewom​en​photo​.com/​apply

We, Women is a project of Women Photograph + United Photo Industries. We, Women was co-founded by Emily Schiffer, Daniella Zalcman, Danielle Villasana, Amy Yenkin, Laura Roumanos, and Rina Malonzo.

The We, Women advisory committee includes Debbie Almontaser (CEO & Founder, Bridging Cultures Group Inc.); Kristina Newman-Scott (President, BRIC); Julian Brave Noisecat (Journalist & Director of Green New Deal Strategy, Data for Progress); Susan Meiselas (President, Magnum Foundation); Veronica Sanchis Bencomo (Photographer & Founder, Foto Féminas); Jovan C. Speller (Program Director, Metro Regional Arts Council; Independent Artist & Curator); Eric Gottesman (Artist, For Freedoms); Quito Ziegler (Professor, School of Visual Arts), Gerlie Collado (Program Director of Community Engagement at The Music Center & Board Member of Visual Communications) and Dee Davis (President, Center for Rural Strategies)

Lead funding for We, Women provided by Open Society Foundations.

Institutional Collaborators for We, Women are Magnum Foundation, For Freedoms and Kickstarter

Community Collaborators for We, Women are Diversify Photo, MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, The Everyday Projects, Authority Collective and Natives Photograph.

We, Women prioritizes artists of color and supports individuals from all spectrums of identity, including but not limited to religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, and socio-economic status. By creating projects that unite and engage communities across the United States, our artists will show how issues are interconnected and how we are all affected by them. Through this radical transformation of image-making — with the goal of contributing to lasting change—We, Women believes we can revolutionize how we see our world and ultimately, ourselves.

We, Women