Emerging South Florida-based Documentary Photographers Invited to Apply for $25,000 Award, Opportunities to Create New Work, Engage Youth, and More

HistoryMiami Museum’s Center for Photography is launching a photography fellowship program for emerging, local documentary photographers to capture and amplify community stories, particularly those relating to Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Latinx community members. The fellowship will provide one photographer with opportunities, including:

  • A $25,000 award to support the creation of new work related to Miami.
  • Select photography to be added to HistoryMiami’s permanent photography collection.
  • An exhibition of the fellow’s work at the museum and/or offsite.
  • An opportunity to collaborate with HistoryMiami’s Education Department to work with local youth.
  • One or more public programs highlighting fellowship-related work.

“Thanks to a Perez Family Foundation CreARTE grant, HistoryMiami Museum will support local talent in documenting and sharing stories from our diverse community,” said Michel Knoll, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at HistoryMiami Museum. “We are eager to collaborate with photographers to build the historical record, exhibit new work, and offer a variety of learning opportunities.”

The Center’s core mission is to collect, safeguard, and share photographic images that tell the stories of our community and illuminate the Miami experience, in all its diversity. The Center emphasizes documentary photography and serves photographers, researchers, and the general public through its collection of historical images (numbering in the millions), dedicated photography galleries, programming, and more. This fellowship project intentionally aligns with the museum’s desire to address representational gaps in past collaborations, our collection, and the stories featured in our exhibitions and programs.  

In partnership with the Center, the Education Department will work with the photographer and youth stakeholders in documenting a subject of their choosing and lived experiences.

“On a daily basis, many of our youth are deprived of their humanity, but they have so much joy and beauty to share,” Director of Education Tina Menendez said. “Creating spaces for youth to genuinely feel seen, engaged, and heard is essential.”

Submissions for the 2022-2023 fellowship are due by May 31, 2022. Application details can be found at www.historymiami.org/photofellow.

Applications will be reviewed by a diverse committee of local documentary photographers, curators, other photography professionals, and/or museum staff. The selected fellow will be announced by June 30, 2022.

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. First established in 2019, CreARTE aims to bridge gaps in key areas impacting the creative community most, including access to affordable workplaces, cultural equity, and education.