eidolon centre for Everyday Photography is calling artists, academics, enthusiasts, and professionals, who have a passion and serious interest in vernacular photography and everyday imaging.
eidolon centre for Everyday Photography is calling artists, academics, enthusiasts, and professionals, who have a passion and serious interest in vernacular photography and everyday imaging.

eidolon is delighted to announce the launch of its first international grant for projects which explore, promote and conserve vernacular photography.

The deadline for submission is August 30, and applications can be made under two categories, with a total of 25.000 eur to be distributed. 

The eidolon Grant is an international programme that is presented annually to artists, academics, professionals, researchers, collectors and vernacular photography enthusiasts whose past work and proposed project is centred around the image heritage of everyday photography. 

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The eidolon Grant aims to identify phenomena, collections, histories, practices, and trends within vernacular photography with the aim of offering new interpretations and analyses. Thematising both photographic heritages and contemporary photographic practices is eidolon’s mission and we invite you to join us in this important exploration. 
Each chosen project will contribute to the enrichment of our institution's program in the coming year.

Thematic suggestions

Family albums, past and present

Collective histories and memories through the lens of vernacular photography

The questions of archiving past and present vernacular imagery

The aesthetic quality and social or psychological significance of photography in the age of social media

The networked attributes of online images

Contemporary amateur photographic practices

The representation of marginalised groups through vernacular photography

Vernacular photography appropriation and collection building as contemporary art

The development of the photographic apparatus and its significance in everyday culture

Family albums, past and present

Collective histories and memories through the lens of vernacular photography

The questions of archiving past and present vernacular imagery

The aesthetic quality and social or psychological significance of photography in the age of social media

The networked attributes of online images

Contemporary amateur photographic practices

The representation of marginalised groups through vernacular photography

Vernacular photography appropriation and collection building as contemporary art

The development of the photographic apparatus and its significance in everyday culture

Category 1 —

Text, essays, book ideas

Description
The eidolon Grant aims to promote the recognition of vernacular photography and everyday imaging, and their relationship to ways of seeing. We seek to encourage the writing of texts that explore everyday imaging’s interesting aspects, and illuminate unfamiliar corners of this visual history that we all know and recreate daily. 
 
The winners of the Eidolon Grant will be authors who can reach a wide audience with their enjoyable and informative text – be it by amusing or educating, delighting or provoking. We look for texts that highlight new aspects of the significance of everyday imaging and are challenging habitual thinking about vernacular imagery and that emphasise society's relationship with the camera.
 
Amount to be distributed in this category: 7000 eur
 
English-speaking writers of any nationality may apply for up to 7000 eur to support the preparation of: 
- long-form essays 
- article series 
- English translations of important publications on everyday imaging in other languages
- original books (we are interested in books that have photographic illustrations but currently we are not seeking photobook proposals.)

The grant winners’ long-form essays, translations, and article series will be published in the on-line Eidolon Journal. The Eidolon Grant will provide the necessary funds and honorary fee for the author/translator to realise their ideas. (Please take note: in the case of translations, be sure to include the rights clearance in the budget.) After the Grant has been awarded, the final publication dates will be decided in cooperation with the authors, but we aim to start publishing the short-form winning materials no later than January 2025.
 
In the case of a grant winners’ idea for an original book, Eidolon will take part in the development of the final product as a publisher or co-publisher of the material. In this case, the Eidolon Grant will provide a segment of the author’s honorary fee for the final manuscript, and Eidolon takes on the role of finding the final publishing partner. The grant-winner agrees that Eidolon holds the right for one year to realise the book fully/partially under the Eidolon brand. After the Grant has been awarded, the realisation timeline of the book will be decided in cooperation with the authors.
Amount to be distributed in this category
7.000 EUR
How to apply for this category
E-mail us until 30 August 2024:
info@everydayphotography.org with the following information
 
If you apply with an idea for a long-form essay/article series/English translation of an already existing textual material, please send us an abstract no longer than 5000 characters highlighting the focus and main narrative of the idea in question.

If you apply with an original book idea, please send us an abstract no longer than 10.000 characters highlighting the focus and main narrative of the idea in question, and a brief argument about the significance of the chosen topic.

Please attach a short CV and two previously published texts written by you.

Please include a brief budget demonstrating how the grant would facilitate the realisation of your project. Please take note: in the case of translations, be sure to include the rights clearance in the budget.
 
Disbursement of the Eidolon Grant in Category 1
Announcement of the grant winners and their awarded Grant amount will be published in October – the decision will be made by the Eidolon team and an international jury.

We will reach out to the winners right after the announcement to finalise the paperwork necessary for receiving the grant. 

Winners who applied with a long-form essay/article series/English translation idea will receive 40% of the awarded amount after the announcement and signing a grant agreement, and 60% after handing over the finished article/s. Winners who applied with an original book idea will receive 30% of the awarded amount after the announcement and signing a grant agreement, 40% after handing over the first chapters, and 30% after handing over the manuscript.

The Grant disbursement stages outlined above are also feedback opportunities for the Eidolon team on the material in development.
Category 2 —

Enhancing everyday photography collections and archives in various forms

Description
Analogue vernacular photography is being lost to our heritage because, as yet, we have no systemic means of their preservation. Eidolon represents an opportunity to interpret everyday images of the past at a moment when the question of what is significant about contemporary social imaging arises. We believe that the past is interpreted through the image practices of the present.
 
The Eidolon Grant aims to provide artists, academics, enthusiasts and professionals working with vernacular photography the resources to pursue their creative vision. In this category, we seek non-textual project ideas that, with Eidolon's assistance, can evolve into exhibitions, educational events, or media-specific (art)works exploring the wide-ranged phenomena of everyday imaging.

We want to give previously unhighlighted photographs the opportunity to shine through various interpretive gestures. We invite proposals for short documentaries, video essays, multimedia artworks, collaborative online projects, as well as initiatives for research groups, exhibitions, masterclasses, and other educational events that fulfil the aforementioned thematic or aesthetic requirements of Eidolon’s institutional mission.

We would like to draw the applicants' attention to the fact that it is not possible to apply for the digitization and maintenance of an already existing collection in this category. 
Amount to be distributed in this category
18.000 EUR
What does the Grant cover?
In the case of small and medium-scale project proposals, the suggested activities may include: 
- artwork and site-specific work
- digital project
- workshops or workshop series.

The grant is offered to fund the streamlining, preparation and realisation of these projects.

In the case of project proposals larger in volume, and requiring many contributors, the suggested activities may include: 
- short documentary, video essay and YouTube-special
- group or solo exhibition
- talk event or talk event series 
- masterclass
- research group.

While the grant may facilitate the preparation of these projects, Eidolon will become a partner to find sufficient funding for the project's realisation.

Based in Budapest, Eidolon Centre for Everyday Photography is still searching for its final physical home. In case of a grant given to facilitate the preparation of an exhibition or talk event, the winner agrees that Eidolon has the right for a year to realise the exhibition or event in their own future space or find the right international partner to host the event.
How to apply for this category
E-mail us until 30 August 2024: info@everydayphotography.org with the following information

If you apply with an idea that is fully financed by the Grant (such as: artworks and site specific works, digital projects, workshops or workshop series, etc.), please send us an abstract no longer than 5000 characters highlighting the focus and main narrative of the idea in question.

If you apply with an idea that the Eidolon Grant partially covers and is in need of a bigger budget (such as: short documentary, video essay and Youtube-special, group or solo exhibition, talk event or talk event series, masterclass, research group, etc.) please send us an abstract of no longer than 10.000 characters highlighting the focus and main narrative of the idea in question, a brief argument about the significance of the chosen topic, and a draft timeline of the realisation process.

Please attach a short CV and a summary of your previously realised projects.

Please include a short budget demonstrating how the Grant would facilitate the realisation of your project.

If you intend to work with a third party (an archive, collection or institution) please include their declaration of consent in your application.
Disbursement of the Eidolon Grant in category 2
Announcement of the grant winners and their awarded Grant amount will be published in October – the decision will be made by the Eidolon team and an international jury.

We will reach out to the winners right after the announcement to finalise the paperwork necessary for receiving the grant. 

Winners who applied for a small or medium-scale project idea will receive 50% of the awarded amount after the announcement and signing a grant agreement, and 20% after sending in the final project draft for Eidolon’s approval, and 30% after the project’s realisation. Winners who applied with a project larger in scale will receive 30% of the awarded amount after the announcement and signing a grant agreement, and the rest based on the nature of the project, according to the agreement made with the applicant.

The Grant disbursement stages outlined above are also feedback opportunities for the Eidolon team on the material in development.

Rules & 
important information

No entry fee

We welcome individual and group applications.

We choose the number of the Grant winners based on the applications received.

The amount of the grant can be freely spent on the implementers' fees, travel expenses, preparation and production costs, and the payment of the involved partners.

Any incomplete application, or any received after the deadline, will not be taken into consideration. By submitting your application, you agree to share its content with the members of the jury and, in the case of a winning application, to use its visual elements in the announcement of the results and in subsequent social media posts.

For additional inquiries regarding the Eidolon Grant, please reach out to us at info@everydayphotography.org.

Call for entries open

May 21,
2024

Submission deadline

August 30, 2024,
at 11:59 p.m.

Winners' announcement

October 10,
2024

Call for entries open

May 21,
2024

Submission deadline

August 30, 2024,
at 11:59 p.m.

Winners' announcement

October 10,
2024

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