© Musa Tukurah
Innagural Winner © Musa Tukurah, Economist 1843 Magazine

The Economist 1843 Magazine, Second Mentorship Programme For Black Photographers


The Economist’s 1843 magazine invites black photographers based in the UK to apply for its one-year mentorship programme designed to help create a pipeline for black talent in photography. 1843 magazine is part of The Economist, publishing long reads and narrative journalism, and emphasises visual storytelling in all its pieces.

Spearheaded by 1843’s picture and luxury editor, Melanie Grant, the programme will run in 2023. The chosen mentee will be given one-on-one mentoring by the art and design team at 1843 and The Economist over the course of a year. This will include reviewing their portfolio, helping develop ideas and visual narratives, pitching and completing assignments, editing and post-production. The successful candidate will be asked to do at least one published assignment for 1843 magazine.

The programme is open to professional photographers, with some experience in reportage or lifestyle photography, who are ambitious to create beautiful and important work. The candidate will be based in the UK, and will be encouraged to work closely with the in-house team.

© Musa Tukurah, Economist 1843 Magaziine
© Musa Tukurah, Economist 1843 Magaziine

The 2021 mentorship programme was fiercely competitive. The successful applicant, Musa Tukurah, had the opportunity to work closely with the team. He completed a photo essay on covid with a series of reportage portraits that accompanied a feature on how covid changed each generation in America. He also exhibited this work at Photo London, an international photo fair.

Mr Tukurah said, “It was an unbelievable experience. I never thought I could be selected. I felt recognised. This was one of my most memorable experiences to date.”

Ms Grant commented: “The first iteration of our mentorship programme exceeded our expectations. We were amazed by the talent and energy that Musa brought to The Economist and 1843, and found it emotional and inspiring to work with someone at such an important moment in their career.”

Grant continued: “We need to increase the range of voices in the media industry and I’m really proud to be part of that.”

To apply for 1843 magazine’s mentorship programme for black photographers, please visit The Association of Photographer’s website.

The deadline to submit applications is midnight on Monday, February 20th, 2023.

The programme is supported by The Association of Photographers, Magnum and Panos Pictures. In addition to these institutions, a group of working photographers will also support and guide the mentee, and share their experiences.

About 1843 magazine

1843 magazine is part of The Economist, publishing long-form narrative journalism and named for the year The Economist was founded. 1843’s award-winning features explore the enduring issues of our age from a human dimension, and emphasises visual storytelling as much as the written word. For more information go to economist.com/1843

About Magnum

Magnum Photos is a co-operative of acclaimed, independent photographers who share an ongoing commitment to documenting world events, people, places, daily life and culture. Founded in 1947, Magnum Photos has been telling stories of the past, defining the present, and shaping the future through photography for over 75 years, united by its values of uncompromising excellence, truth, respect and independence. With more than 6.6 million followers across the internet, and a rolling programme of museum shows, exhibitions, and events across the globe, Magnum photographers continue to inspire a growing worldwide audience.

About Panos

Panos Pictures is an independent documentary film and photography agency. It works with a network of photographers and filmmakers from around the world providing contemporary perspectives on social and global issues. Panos Pictures has over 35 years experience working with both the commercial and non-profit sectors, actively using photography and video to campaign and communicate through a range of media to new and diverse audiences. The agency represents some of the best known photographers in contemporary photojournalism.

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