FOTODOK, in collaboration with Stichting Dialoog, is giving an early career photographer the opportunity to make a documentary on the theme ‘living together during a pandemic’. The photographer will receive a grant of 3,000 euros to research the topic and realise the series.
Theme: living together during a pandemic
The events of the past few months have forced us to reassess how we interact with the people around us. All the social interactions we took for granted – a handshake, a hug, a kiss – were suddenly potentially dangerous. Little-known terms like ‘skin hunger’, the craving for physical intimacy, became mainstream. Touching another person was no longer self-evident but a basic necessity that had to be fought for, especially by those who live on their own. The so-called 1.5-metre society and the limits imposed on our lives has led to a new, sometimes self-critical examination of the social contacts we have. The economic consequences have also been immense. Businesses have gone bankrupt and people have lost their jobs. The cultural sector and events industry have been particularly hard hit, with empty theatres, exhibitions without audiences and young artists struggling more than ever to survive. The Dialoog Grant, which consists of 3,000 euros and professional and artistic guidance from FOTODOK for a year, is intended to enable a young photographer to create work that offers a new perspective on these extraordinary times.
How can you apply?
We invite early career photographers to submit a proposal for a photo documentary. The proposal must make it clear what you plan to do. We are looking for original perspectives not found in the mainstream media. A jury will assess all the submissions on content and feasibility. One proposal will be selected for realisation. Keep in mind that you must be able to realise your proposal (from research to production) in around nine months. It is also important that you develop a proposal that is realistic and feasible in light of the current corona-related measures such as limited (international) travel options, social distancing requirements and restrictions on large gatherings.
What can you expect?
You will receive a grant of 3,000 euros (ex. VAT) to develop your series. You will also receive advice and guidance from FOTODOK, consisting of at least three brainstorming sessions with the head of talent development Lisanne van Happen and at least one session with curator Daria Tuminas. Where possible, we will match you with other relevant experts in the field. All FOTODOK events will be free for you to attend during this nine-month period, including the FOTODOK Book Club and Taferelen. We will also discuss with you where the series can be exhibited as well as the possibility of presenting your project to the public at FOTODOK.
- A maximum of five years’ experience working as a professional photographer.
- Resident in the Netherlands. You do not need to have Dutch nationality.
- You must submit your proposal by 15 October 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org in the form of:
– 1 PDF containing a project proposal (max. 2 A4 pages) + portfolio + CV
– Important: include your full name in the file name.
Any questions? Please email: email@example.com