Looking for photographers to apply for a 2022-2023 fellowship with our latest initiative, The Restorative City, focusing on health equity and the built environment!
The Design Trust for Public Space, in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) and NeON Photography, is now accepting fellowship submissions from photographers for the Design Trust’s latest public space initiative, The Restorative City, focusing on health equity and the built environment.
We believe that photography is vital to understanding our shared environment and is a powerful tool for illuminating the city’s complex public realm. The Photo Urbanism Program was founded in 2001 to support the creation of new work that explores the natural and built environment of New York City, and surpasses strictly editorial and documentary imagery.
The 2022 - 2023 Photo Urbanism Fellow will create a self-driven plan to photograph and document the core focus of The Restorative City initiative. While the project will look at policy and design changes required to confront health equity, the role of the Photo Urbanism Fellow is to use a range of artistic and journalistic photography and videography to capture the human, personal narratives that exist within community wellness.
The Photo Urbanism Fellow will dedicate 5% of their fellowship to administrative tasks such as attending meetings, invoicing, and tracking expenses. 20% of the fellowship will be to provide mentorship to youth photographers and the remaining 75% will be to developing project work, including, but not limited to, photographing, editing images, developing programming, and exhibition planning.
The fellowship award includes a $15,000 stipend and a solo exhibition.
The Photo Urbanism Fellow must be based in New York City and be available to participate in meetings with the Design Trust, NeON Photography, and the Museum of the City of New York. The Design Trust will act as a resource and thought-partner and will arrange two critiques with local photographers. The fellowship requires a 6-month commitment, based on a mutually agreed-upon work plan.
Restorative City Background:
In New York City, an individual living in the South Bronx has a life expectancy of 69.5 years, while a resident of the Upper East Side has a life expectancy of 89.5 years, 20 years longer. Where we live matters, and where we live is too often governed by exclusion, racism, and discrimination. As part of the Design Trust’s mission to advance collaborative public space initiatives, The Restorative City: Building Community Wellness through Public Space initiative sought out new ideas through an open request for proposals (RFP) to empower community action across NYC’s five boroughs and elevate public health to a central precept of public policy and urban design. The Restorative City is a call to action for urban planning, design and public policy professionals, and all those involved in shaping the physical environments in which we live, work and play.
The decision of the jury will be final, private, and without appeal. All applicants will be notified in October 2022.
The selection jury will include:
Josef Adamu, Creative Director and Founder of Sunday School
Barnabas Crosby, 2021-2022 Photo Urbanism Fellow
Chelsea Davis, Visual Literacy Manager, NeON Photography Network,
Alexa Gonzalez, Principal and Co-Founder of Hive Public Space
Jean-Gabriel Neukomm, Founder of JG Neukomm Architecture
Lauren Silberman, Fine Art Photographer
Karyn Williams, Director of Programs, Design Trust for Public Space
*Jury still in formation.
DEADLINE: Friday, September 30th at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Daylight Time
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and eligible to work legally in the United States. Full-time students are not eligible due to possible time restraints, but part-time students may submit. Applicants must be based in New York City in order to concentrate on the local content of the fellowship. Applicants with 5-7 years of photography experience preferred. Experience teaching and youth engagement are preferred. The selected fellow must be able to commit to a 6-month long fellowship, with an average time commitment of 8 - 12 hours a week starting November 1st.
MATERIALS: All application materials must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 pm on September 30th, 2022. Materials that do not meet the following criteria will not be presented to the jury.
The 2022 Photo Urbanism Fellowship is supported in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.