American Suburb X – not strictly social activism, but certainly an innovative and provocative view. Worth it fo
Aperture – US based foundation promoting photography through publications and exhibitions.
Demotix – citizen journalist inspired photo agency.
Drik – base in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Named Drik, the Sanskrit word for vision, the agency aims to represent media professionals from developing countries, provide training through its school, Pathshala, and gallery space.
Flakphoto – an online photography channel that presents the work of artists, curators, bookmakers and photo organizations to a global audience of people who are passionate about visual culture. Anyone can submit. They also accept unsolicited photo books.
Foto8 – publication and gallery based in London, UK.
fototazo – is a unique site combining social giving and photography. Its mission is to raise funds to purchase equipment for young, emerging photographers from economically disadvantaged backgrounds from Colombia – and eventually from around the world – that demonstrate a high level of artistic ability and commitment. The grant program aims to serve those already building a career in photography whose development is currently limited by the inability to purchase necessary equipment.
Gaia Photos – agency promoting photojournalists work from around the world.
Imagen en acción – Imagen en Acción is a Spanish charity which works as a photography agency. It covers events and NGO activities. It also provides materials for awarenes campaings Imagen en Acción works thanks to the collaboration of professional and amateur photographers.
Invisible Ph t grapher – Leading platform for photography in Asia founded in 2010. Based in Singapore, it opened a gallery in 2011. Runs a website with articles/interviews plus community pages.
Magnum – photographic collective based in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo.
Majority World – is a global initiative founded through the collaboration between the Drik Picture Library of Bangladesh and kijijiVision in the UK to champion the cause of indigenous photographers from the developing world and the global South and East.
Nepal Photo News Agency – Nepal based photo agency.
Noorimages – agency based in the Netherlands.
Nuru Project – initiative started by photojournalist J.B.Reed to sell professional photos to support non-profit organisations.
Panos – a London (UK) based independent photo agency representing photojournalists worldwide. Panos aims to document issues and geographical areas which are under-reported, misrepresented or ignored.
Panos South Asia – based in Kathmandu, Nepal, this is one of several Panos institutes world wide looking at representation on social issues through media sources.
Photo.circle – organized by b&n (a communications company based in Kathmandu, Nepal), it is a physical space for professional as well as amateur photographers to share work and interact with other storytellers and a larger community of media professionals. Not strictly an photo agency, photo.circle is a network of photographers that hosts presentations, discussions, workshops, multimedia and film screenings and exhibitions. Started a blog in April 2012.
PhotoPhilanthropy – is an organization created to promote, support and connect photographers to charitable organizations around the world. The PhotoPhilanthropy community is a place for photographers, photo enthusiasts and charitable organizations to come together – to network, to tell their stories, show their work, exchange ideas, find opportunities and financial support for their efforts.
Pixelpress – encourages documentary photographers, writers, filmmakers, artists, human rights workers and students to explore the world in ways that take advantage of the new possibilities provided by digital media. They seek ‘a new paradigm of journalism, one that encourages an active dialogue between the author and reader and, also, the subject.‘
Ruido Photo – (Association of Independent Photojournalism of Barcelona) is an organization integrated by a multidisciplinary team who understand photography and documentary as a tool of reflection and social transformation. They publish 7.7 Magazine of Documentary Photography.
SocialDocumentary.net – is a website that features documentary photography from around the world—images and words that explore the human condition. The goal of this website is ‘to make our lives richer and more informed about issues affecting us and our world today.’ It provides tools for photographers to inform viewers how to take action — either by supporting NGOs doing work on the issues, or by engaging in direct political action.
Sombra Projects – promoting documentary photography and socially conscious art, including through community based projects.