Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography

IN MEMORIAM: Documentary Filmmaker  Robert Gardner dies at 88

The Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography funds an “established practitioner of the photographic arts to create and subsequently publish through the Peabody Museum a major book of photographs on the human condition anywhere in the world.”

The same body of work may also be featured in a photographic exhibition at the Peabody Museum. A series of art books of selected fellows' work is published by the Peabody Museum Press and may be purchased from the museum.

The Fellowship committee invites nominations from a rotating panel of curators, educators, and independent photo professionals from around the world; nominees are reviewed and selected by a committee of four. The Fellowship provides a generous stipend and is unique in its dedication to funding professional documentary photography.

The Fellowship was given by Robert G. Gardner (1925–2014), award-winning documentary filmmaker and author, whose works have entered the permanent canon of non-fiction filmmaking. Gardner’s works include the documentary films “Dead Birds” and “Forest of Bliss” and the book Gardens of War. With the Peabody Museum Press he has published Making "Dead Birds" (2007), Human Documents: Eight Photographers (2009), and Just Representations (2010). In the 1970s Gardner produced and hosted “Screening Room,” a series of more than one hundred 90-minute programs on independent and experimental filmmaking. The series, considered an invaluable historical record of modern cinema, has been transferred to digital format, for archival preservation by the Museum of Film and Broadcasting in New York City. Robert Gardner received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Harvard University, and was director of the Film Study Center from 1957 to 1997. He was also founder and long time director of the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts and taught the Visual Arts at Harvard for almost 40 years. Gardner is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Peabody Museum does not accept unsolicited materials or applications for this fellowship.

Related publications

 Avenue Patrice Lumumba, by Guy Tillim

House of Love, by Dayanita Singh

Piksa Niugini: Portraits and Diaries, by Stephen Dupont

Resolution of the Suspect by Miki Kratsman

Caspian: The Elements by Chloe Dewe Mathews

Related exhibitions

Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Photographs by Guy Tillim.

House of Love: Photographic Fiction, Dayanita Singh

Stephen Dupont: Papua New Guinea Portraits and Diaries 


Past and Current Fellows

2007 Guy Tillim, South Africa

2008 Dayanita Singh, India

2009 Alessandra Sanguinetti, U.S.A.

2010 Stephen Dupont, Australia

2011 Miki Kratsman, Israel

2013 Yto Barrada, Morocco

2014 Chloe Dewe Mathews, U.K.

2015 Deborah Luster, U.S.A.

2016 Tres Art, Mexico  (Ilana Boltvinik & Rodrigo Viñas)

2017 Sammy Baloji, Congo & Belgium

2018 Zhang Xiao, China