Maximizing Grants to Fund Artist Projects
October 9, 2010 from 11:30–1:00 PM

Waiting For You by Charlene Liska

Waiting For You by Charlene Liska

Donald Weber will discuss his self-financed projects that were supported through grants and other funding sources over the last five years from Russia and Ukraine. The recipient of many grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Lange-Taylor Prize, and two grants from The Canada Council for the Arts, Weber has worked on extensive projects mostly created while working with the financing these grants and fellowships provided. Weber will discuss the intricacies of the grant process and some of the strategies he uses to secure these important modes of income in a highly competitive — and vanishing — commercial environment.


Donald Weber

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Donald Weber is an award-winning photographer currently residing in Berlin. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Canada Council Arts Grants, he has also been awarded the Lange-Taylor Documentary Prize, the Duke and Duchess of York Photography Prize, and a World Press Award. Amongst other citations, Weber was named one of PDN’s 30, and an Emerging Photo Pioneer by American Photo Magazine.

Prior to photography, Donald worked as an architect for Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He received a Governor’s General Gold Medal for Architecture while working in Canada.

Donald has exhibited widely and has shown work at galleries and festivals worldwide, including exhibits at the United Nations, the Museum of the Army at Les Invalides in Paris, and with the VII agency was a part of the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the Declaration of Human Rights, exhibited in over 50 cities worldwide. His work won the Grand Prize for the 2007 PHODAR Photography Biennial in Bulgaria. He has completed assignments for such international publications as: Business Week, Der Spiegel, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, Condé Nast Portfolio, Rolling Stone, Stern, Time Magazine and the NGO’s Medécins sans Frontieres, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and War Child. Donald is a member of the VII Network, founded by the acclaimed photojournalists of the VII Photo Agency. His photographs are in the permanent collection of the Portland Museum of Art and the Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City.

Weber’s Guggenheim Fellowship is allowing him to continue work on a book about life in Russia: the curse of power and the wounds it inflicts on those who don’t have it. It’s the 18th Century with jets flying overhead. His first book, Bastard Eden, Our Chernobyl, was released in 2008.