Shpilman Institute for Photography Grant Program

Founded in 2010, the Shpilman Institute for Photography is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support international scholarly research and artistic projects that advance the practices, uses, and effects of photography. The SIP programs encompass both historical and contemporary photography, with a special interest in its relationship to philosophy, and include public events such as conferences and panels, a grant program, publications, and a dynamic website for scholarly research and professional updates.
The Shpilman Institute for Photography was founded in 2010 when the field of photography was expanding at unprecedented rates and the critical need for deeper scholarship and contemplation of its social, philosophical, artistic, and cultural implications became evident.
The SIP began by organizing conferences, panels, and talks in Israel, and supporting scholarly and artistic activities locally and globally, with colleagues from such leading institutions as the Jeu de Paume, the Museum of Modern Art, and Parsons The New School for Design. In 2010 The SIP announced its Annual Grant Program that has awarded $120,000 to over a dozen researchers from around the world.
The SIP Grant Program supports research on photography and the merger of theory and photographic practice by funding significant projects by emerging and established artists, curators, and organizations at strategic points in their development. Thay concentrate on projects that have a broad impact and are in dialogue with international art discourse.
The SIP operates via two grant programs: Research Grants for Academic Writing, and Funding for Exhibition-Related Research .
The announcement on the Exhibition-Related Research program will take place in September 2011. For additional details and questions please contact by email or visit

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