Open Call for Applications

Fall/Winter 2019/20


The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative is seeking grant applications from its Alumni to address photograph preservation in the Middle East, Turkey and Iran. Projects proposals to focus on studying and/or improving the preservation of photographic collections, digitization of photographs, accessibility, and care of photographs.

With a unique focus on photographic preservation, this open call encourages applications with engaging formats ranging from workshops, podcasts, research papers, talks, and video tutorials.

A sum of USD2000/- will be awarded per winning project. A total of 3 projects will be selected by a panel of MEPPI Partners. 

Click here to know more about the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative.

Key Dates

  • Anticipated date for announcing the recipients and awarded projects is December 10, 2019.
  • Application deadline is November 15, 2019 at 23:59 Beirut time (GMT +3).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Grant applicant to be a MEPPI Alumni; observers included.
  • Application to be endorsed by the applicant’s institution.
  • Applicants may submit several projects. Each application should be sent separately.
  • Project to be produced in the Middle East, Turkey, & Iran.

Jury Panel

  • Kathleen Dardes, Head, Collections, The Getty Conservation Institute
  • Debra Hess Norris, Chair and Professor of Photograph Conservation, Department of Art Conservation, University of Delaware
  • Nora Kennedy, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Marc Mouarkech, Director, Arab Image Foundation
  • Rawad Isaiah J. Bou Malhab, Project Manager, Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative


Application Form

MEPPI Open Call Application Form

DOCX - 144 Kb


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About Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative

The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI) is a strategic multi-year program designed to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the region’s photographic heritage. Launched in 2009 with a pilot workshop, it has grown into a multi-faceted initiative with an ambitious program of complementary research and capacity-building objectives.

MEPPI is led jointly by the Arab Image Foundation, the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Getty Conservation Institute.

MEPPI is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional funding from the Getty Conservation Institute.


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