The Aaron Siskind Foundation is an “organization serving the lens arts community. It works to preserve and protect Aaron’s artistic legacy and foster knowledge of and appreciation for his art through new books, exhibits, educational events and scholarly research. It seeks to support contemporary photographic art and art-making through a variety of projects, events and collaborations.” The foundation provides grants to photographic artists annually that submit lens-based still images. These can be digital imagery, installations, documentary projects, and photo-generated print media. Recipients are considered to have the potential to greatly contribute to the realm of photography.
The Individual Photographer’s Fellowship (IPF) review panel evaluates work from more than 1,000 applicants every year. Ed Kashi was among the five photographers to receive the 2015 grant for his work in Nicaragua. Working with La Isla Foundation, Kashi documented the lives of sugar cane workers and how their occupation and lifestyle has caused these Nicaraguans to contract chronic kidney disease.