THE MANUEL RIVERA-ORTIZ FOUNDATION for Documentary Photography & Film is committed to positive social discourse in under-represented communities throughout the world by encouraging emerging and established photographers and filmmakers working in developing nations to keep their lenses fixed on the plight of the poor and disenfranchised. Learn about our founder Manuel Rivera-Ortiz.
The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation For Documentary Photography & Film
Introducing our summer Arles Doc’House #1 lineup for Rencontres d’Arles 2017, MROF is excited to host our new partner fotofever. Their first Arles photography art fair showcases the diversity of documentary photography by creating a dialogue through the works of emerging and international artists. Our continuing partnership with Photolux highlights Tony Gentile and his exhibition The War, marking the 25th anniversary of the assassination of the Sicilian judge Giovanni Falcon. Contrasting exhibitions of the completed grant works of our 2016 documentary photography co-winners will be unveiled. Exhibitions run July 3 thru September 23, 2017.
2016 Photography Grant Co-Laureates
In a first ever split decision by this year’s MROF photography grant jury, we are pleased to announce that Albanian photographer Enri Canaj and Ismail Ferdous from Bangladesh will share the 2016 MROF documentary photography grant. Enri Canaj’s proposed project The Wind Cries War will follow resettled refugees in Greece and Germany as they strive to integrate into their new environs. Ismail Ferdous will document the struggles of survivors and subsequent response to the devastating 2013 textile factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh in his project After Rana Plaza. The jury was moved by both quality of their portfolios and the promise of their projects.
Business Standard: A Photographer Shares His Frames From the Fringes Our Founder and President Manuel Rivera-Ortiz was interviewed by Bengaluru-based correspondent Nikita Puri on the release of his new book “India – A Celebration of Life.” He talks about how his own history informs his bond with Indians on the margins. See the full article […]
Fisheye Magazine: Mise au Point Fondation – Fondation Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Covering the opening of our new exhibition home in Arles, France and our inaugural Mo Yi Exhibition, Fisheye Magazine journalist Éric Karsenty wrote, “The humanistic approach of Manuel Rivera-Ortiz strongly influences the awarded projects, and his constant desire to support disadvantaged populations to make their […]
La Provence: In Arles, the summer season does not satisfy all the revelers. After the July festivals, the Arles nightlife seems almost non-existent. A few steps from the Place du Forum, in the picturesque Calade street, a bar opened its doors this summer. Outside of the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation, bass sounds ring. “In early summer, […]
La Provence: Three Days to Remember Hiroshima. 6-August-2015: La Provence covers an exhibition in our Arles space in memory of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Read the full La Provence article here. With permission: La Provence. David Fathi-Anecdotal
La Provence: A New Photography Stronghold in Town. The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation offers 11 exhibitions for its first summer 23-July-2015: La Provence highlights the inaugural exhibition in our new Arles home. Read the full La Provence article here. With permission: La Provence. Photo by Valérie Farine
La Provence: Arles strengthened in its rank as capital of photography. The American Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation settles in a mansion on Calade street. 7 March 2015: La Provence covers the renovations of l’hôtel Blain that will be our new home and exhibition space. Read the full La Provence article here. With permission: La Provence. Photo […]
ARLES Info Covers MROF Prize Award Camille Lepage awarded the honor of Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation Maryvonne Lepage accepts the first posthumous Medal of Honor of Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundationon behalf of her slain daughter, French photographer Camille Lepage. Camille was killed last May in the Central African Republic.
A Year of Transition A letter from our Foundation President & Founder With the start of a new year, it’s natural to reflect on the receding tide of the one past. And indeed, I’ll do just that as a way to kick off our new foundation blog. I promise that follow on posts won’t […]
Foundation President Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Selected for List of 50 Great Stories by Columbia Journalism School 2001: Faces of Poverty Columbia University faculty, a group of distinguished judges and alumni voted on the 100 Great Stories from the school of journalism graduates. Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, class of 1998, was selected for his documentary photography work focusing on […]