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
Announcing 2016 call for entries
We are excited to announce the opening of our 2016 call for documentary photography and film grant entries. Created to encourage the betterment of humanity through editorially-based imagery of themes including human unrest, famine, disease, politics, war, uprisings, injustice and triumph, we invite photographers and film makers to submit their applications and works through March 31, 2016. Two $5000 awards will be announced in July 2016 during Les Rencontres d’Arles in France. See details for documentary photography submissions here and documentary short films here.
Laurence Bonvin – 2015 Film Grant
Swiss documentary photographer and film maker Laurence Bonvin has won the 2015 MRO Foundation grant for Documentary Film. Her moving film, Sounds of Blikkiesdorp, documents life in a government built settlement in Cape Town, South Africa setup as temporary housing for 1,600 forcefully resettled residents shortly before the 2010 World Cup. Blikkiesdorp now shelters a population of 25,000 by many estimates. Going beyond violence and despair, Bonvin focuses on the perseverance and resourcefulness of the people to improve their homes and lives with music as think between themselves and the dwellings and alleys.
Pablo Piovano – 2015 Photo Grant
We are proud to announce that Pablo Ernesto Piovano of Argentina has been awarded our 2015 Documentary Photography Grant for his work and project proposal The Human Cost of Agrotoxins. The selection was held in the new MROF exhibition space in Arles, France. Among 12 amazing finalist proposals, the jury was most moved by Mr. Piovano’s portfolio on the devastating effects of glyphosate herbicide spraying across much of Argentina and the impact on the environment and the people. The jury also gave honorable mention to Sven Zellner of Germany for his Childhood in Romania portfolio.
July 2 – Sept. 25, 2016 | Dominic Nahr | Fractured State An exhibition of the Swiss Foundation for Photography, Winterthur, in collaboration with The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film
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 […]