fototazo is a 501(c)3 non-profit and 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.

Supporting fototazo not only allows a young photographer to continue their pursuit in the field, it also deepens the collective voice of contemporary photography by providing images from those who have historically been excluded from participating fully in the dialogue of the medium by its costs.

In addition to its microgrant program, fototazo runs an equipment delivery program explained here, coordinates a mentorship program for young emerging Colombian photographers discussed here, maintains an equipment library in Medellín for grant recipients and also provides free bi-weekly photography classes in Medellín to the photographers selected to participate in the mentorship program.

Please see the site links page for a complete listing of articles. fototazo also facilitates on online discussion forum about photography in Spanish on Facebook.

A number of regular contributors help create fototazo's content. Contributors include Joshua Dudley Greer, Kevin Thrasher, Adam Bell, John Lusk Hathaway, Carl Gunhouse, Dawn Roe, Damien Sivier, Daniel Echevarria, Jaime Permuth, Thomas Locke Hobbs, Antone Dolezal, Michael Cardinali, Daniel Coburn, Martin Brink, Pugilist Press, Alejandro Cartagena and Juan Orrantia.

Donations to the current microgrant or to the fototazo general fund to support its operations can be made here. A page explaining how to apply for a grant can be found here.

For more information about how to donate used equipment, please send an email to fototazo@gmail.com

As a 501(c)3 non-profit, fototazo is required to make available for public inspection its approved exemption application (Form 1023) as well as all documents submitted with Form 1023; all documents the IRS requires the organization to submit in support of its application; and its annual information return, Form 990-PF. To obtain a copy of any of these documents, please email us at fototazo@gmail.com.

fototazo was launched January 26th, 2011 by Tom Griggs, a photographer and educator based in Medellín.

"Fototazo" by Gabriel Mario Vélez in Revista Enfoque Visual Edition 26, July 2014
Top Photography Films, Best Photography Blogs, December 2013
Harvey Benge
LPV Magazine's "What I Read: 2012 Edition"
Wayne Ford's Posterous
LPV Magazine's "Top Photography Websites of 2011"
Prison Photography

Yaron Ben-Zvi, CEO and Co-Founder of Coverpath
Raphael Crawford, Vice President, Albemarle Corporation
Amani Willett, photographer

Laura McPhee, photographer and Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston
Nicholas Nixon, photographer and Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston
Gabriel Mario Vélez, photographer and Professor at the University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

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