A project of HistoryMiami Museum’s Center for Photography, this fellowship program supports local
documentary photographers and their efforts to capture community life. Of special note is this
program’s focus on documenting and amplifying local stories, with an emphasis on the experiences of
Black, Indigenous, POC, and Latinx community members. This priority aligns with the museum’s interests
in addressing representational gaps in past collaborations, our collection, and the stories featured in our
exhibitions and programs. In addition to supporting the creation of new photographic work, each
fellowship includes an accompanying educational component for youth, all in service to meeting the
museum’s mission to safeguard and share Miami stories through documentation, exhibitions,
programming, and more.

More about the opportunity:

The fellowship will serve emerging South Florida-based documentary photographers who are dedicated
to telling authentic stories. A single photographer and youth cohort will be selected each year.

Highlights of the fellowship include:

  • Each fellow will receive a $25,000 award to support the creation of new work related to Miami and participate in
    various fellowship activities, as described below. Documentary work is expected to be
    undertaken during the fellowship year.
  • A selection of the fellow’s work to be added to the museum’s permanent collection and will be
    exhibited within the institution’s photography collection highlights gallery and/or another venue
    at the museum or offsite.
  • The fellow, in collaboration with the museum’s Education Department, will engage local youth
    (middle and high school) in undertaking a photography initiative of their own, with equipment
    gifted to them by the museum.
  • One or more programmatic offerings highlighting fellowship work.

How to apply:

Submissions are now closed.

For any questions related to the fellowship, please email e.info@historymiami.org.

The project is made possible by a generous donation from The Jorge M. Perez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation, as part of the CreARTE grant program.

Thank you to our esteemed judges.

Aldeide Delgado

Aldeide Delgado is a Cuban-born, Miami-based independent Latinx art historian and curator, founder & director of Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA). She has a background in advising and presenting at art history forums based on photography, including lectures at the Tate Modern, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), DePaul Art Museum, King’s College London, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and The New School. Delgado is a recipient of a 2019 Knight Arts Challenge, the 2018 School of Art Criticism Fellowship by SAPS – La Tallera, and a 2017 Research and Production of Critic Essay Fellowship by TEOR/éTica. Delgado conceptualized the world’s first-ever WOPHA Congress: “Women, Photography, and Feminisms” (November 17-20, 2021). She publishes and curates from feminist and decolonial perspectives on crucial topics of the history of photography and abstraction within Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx contexts. Prior to founding WOPHA, Delgado created the online feminist archive Catalog of Cuban Women Photographers, the first comprehensive survey of Cuban photography history highlighting women’s contributions from the nineteenth century to the present. She is an active member of PAMM’s International Women’s Committee and PAMM’s Latin American and Latinx Art Fund, US Latinx Art Forum, and the steering committee of the Feminist Art Coalition and Fast Forward: Women in Photography.

CW Griffin

C.W. is a photographer working in Miami, has taught at the University of Miami for many years, and has been a staff photographer at The Miami Herald for the past 28 years. He is the recipient of numerous awards and while serving in the military, he was the first African-American photographer in the history of the military to be named Military Photographer of the Year for all branches of the military worldwide. His work has appeared in numerous books and magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian and Time. He was represented in the book and exhibit ‘Contemporary Black Photographers.’ His work has appeared in numerous volumes of the coveted ‘Day in The Life’ series, which sent whom they considered the top 100 photojournalists in the world to various countries to create a book from a one-day shoot. His work has also been a part of many major photography exhibits in galleries such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Historical Museum of Miami.

Caroline LaPorte

Caroline LaPorte (immediate descendant of the Little River Band Of Ottawa Indians) is the Director of the STTARS Indigenous Safe Housing Center after previously serving as NIWRC’s Senior Native Affairs Policy Advisor. She graduated from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was named a Henry Bandier Fellow, and received the Natasha Pettigrew Memorial Award for 

her time as a fellow in the Children and Youth Law Clinic. She currently serves as an Associate Judge for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

Caroline’s work focuses primarily on housing, human rights, children, firearms, and criminal justice focused within the gender-based violence framework. She serves on the American Bar Associations Victim’s Rights Task Force, co-chairs the Victim’s Committee for the Criminal Justice Section of the ABA, is a member of the Lenape Center’s MMIW Task Force, on the Board of Directors for StrongHearts Native Helpline and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, worked with Gwen Packard on helping to start the National Working Group on Safe Housing for American Indians and Alaska Natives, and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Miami teaching Native and Indigenous studies.