Cristóbal Olivares of the VII Mentor Program was named one of the 2014 grantees for the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project program. He is pursuing a project that addresses violence against women in Chile.
The Documentary Photography Project believes in the power of images to advance social change. Through grants and special initiatives we support photography to engage and mobilize people around issues of justice and human rights.
The guiding philosophy of our project is photography’s ability to record human rights abuses, personalize the effects of conflict, document the struggles and defiance of marginalized people, and inform public discourse. However, where we distinguish ourselves from other photography funders is in our support of projects that go beyond documentation and use the medium to foster civic engagement, education, media attention, advocacy and reform.
Since 1998, the Documentary Photography Project has exhibited and financed (directly and indirectly) more than 300 photographers from around the world who have examined timely and significant issues that coincide with the Open Society Foundations’ mission.