CM20 Reichmann Project Grant Recipients!

It is time to announce the five recipients of our Michael Reichmann Project Grant! Alanna Airitam, Marisol Mendez, Emeke Obanor, Andre Ramos-Woodard and Ada Trillo have been selected from the 2020 Critical Mass Top 200 Finalists to each receive a $1000 cash award to go towards the development of a new or current project. Believe us when we say it was a long process narrowing the field down to these five artists – and we appreciated the opinions of our jurors as well! Congratulations, photographers – we hope this support holds meaning in the continuation of your projects!


Alanna Airitam‘s series The Golden Age honors Black culture while addressing how art history and museum curation largely omits any reference to it. Connections and contrasts between the Dutch Renaissance (17th c. Holland) and the Harlem Renaissance (20th c. New York City) are a focal point for Alanna with attention to the ideas of enlightenment and abundance. 






In her series MADREMarisol Mendez strives to challenge the deeply embedded machismo of her native Bolivia and dissects the Catholic dogmas of what the definition of femininity should be. She weaves mythological elements of Andean tradition into her imagery, which share elements of both fiction and documentary work.




Emeke Obanor is a Nigeria-based photographer whose portrait series Tree of Freedom tackles the fact that many girls kidnapped by the Boka Haram sect are still in captivity. As part of this series, he photographs uplifting letters of hope and courage written by activists to the captive girls, as a type of prayer for their survival and safety.

Andre Ramos-Woodard shares his series a mediocre-ass nigga with us as a method of communicating the repercussions of personal, contemporary, and historical discrimination. He leans toward an auto-biographical narrative to synthesize Black cultural issues such as stereotypes, discrimination, and microaggressions that wear people down – and aims to re-contextualize the connected vocabulary.




In La Caravana del Diablo 2020Ada Trillo documents Honduran citizens escaping violence and dismal conditions by forming a massive migrant caravan that winds its way through Guatemala into Mexico, while attempting to seek asylum. Many were met with tear gas, kept in detention centers, and eventually deported back to Honduras.


This award is made possible by a generous endowment gifted to Photolucida by the Luminous Endowment for Photographers – an organization created by the late Michael Reichmann in 2007 to foster current and anticipated photography projects. Photolucida is excited to continue Michael’s legacy by providing this opportunity to emerging photographers.