About Close Up Baltimore

Close Up Baltimore is a project inspired by Humans of New York that aims to put Baltimore in the spotlight on its own terms. As showcased by NPR, The Baltimore Sun and ABC-2 News, Close Up Baltimore has captured hearts, minds, and imaginations from Patterson Park to Pakistan. This Wednesday, we are democratizing the platform and opening applications to find ten dynamic photographers that live in communities across the city. We feel it is our responsibility to elevate the voices that know the city best.

Close Up Baltimore asks local photographers to join us in this mission and apply for ten photographer positions with the project. The photographers chosen to work with Close Up Baltimore will receive a $750 stipend as well as the recognition of a platform that has over 11,000 followers on Facebook and has reached over six million people since its launch in July. While they must be Baltimore City residents over the age of 18, these photographers will be diverse racially, culturally, in age and religion, and geographically across the city. Through these artists, Close Up Baltimore will portray the city through the eyes of a wide array of city residents.

Your voice. Your lens. Your neighbors. Our Baltimore.

Learn more at www.closeupbaltimore.com and www.facebook.com/closeupbaltimore


Close Up Baltimore will award a $750 stipend to a total of ten photographers.

To be considered for funding, completed applications must be submitted on time and meet all eligibility requirements. Photographs must be digital and in color. Interested individuals can apply here.


Selected photographers will create 15 compelling portraits of Baltimoreans from your own neighborhood which will include a photo portrait accompanied by a piece of that person’s story. Stipend recipients are expected to maintain communication with Jean Hill Studios and check in periodically with Jean Hill Studios throughout the work contract period.


To apply as a photographer for Close Up Baltimore you must be a resident of Baltimore City and at least 18 years of age.

By submitting your application you agree to the terms and conditions set forth by Close Up Baltimore. Terms and conditions can be viewed on Close Up Baltimore’s website here.


Applications open on Wednesday, March 9.

Applications close on Wednesday, April 13 at 11:59PM.

Please direct questions to Emma Fesperman at emma@jeanhillstudios.com

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