Talks / Workshops

Magnum Workshop in Shenzhen – with Bruce Gilden and Matt Stuart

Shenzhen, China
Deadline: 20 April 2017

Bruce Gilden JAPAN. Asakusa. 1998. Two members of the Yakuza, Japan's mafia. The Yakuza's 23 gangs are Japan's top corporate earners. They model themselves on American gangster fashion from the 1950s. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos

Directed by two Magnum street photographers, the legendary Bruce Gilden and new nominee Matt Stuart, this workshop will offer a unique and intensive photography experience in the dynamic Chinese city of Shenzhen, in collaboration with the Shenzhen Daken Art Center. From April 26 to 30, Bruce Gilden and Matt Stuart will lead their groups through daily programmes of shooting, reviews, group critiques, mentoring, editing sessions, providing the opportunity to learn and improve one’s photographic skills amongst peers.

The workshop is intended for photographers or photography students with a good understanding of photographic practice. Candidates will spend five days alongside their selected photographer, developing visual language, photographic identity, practical, technical and conceptual skills and the expertise required to compete in a changing marketplace. Students will have the opportunity to build a photographic story in Shenzhen or its surroundings, in some cases, relating to previous photographic works or interests.

Magnum’s photographers will lead students through self improvement of  their photography and editing rather than imposing their own photographic style. Each applicant will be able to choose the photographer they would like to work with, and all efforts will be made to accommodate their choice.

The reduced number of participants, 12 max per group, and the location of the workshop will permit to work in an intimate and inspiring atmosphere. The workshop will end with a public projection of the participants’ works produced during the 5 days and two evening talks led by each Magnum mentor.


Applicant Requirements

Workshop participants should be able to show a good level of photographic aptitude. Candidates will be expected to arrive comfortably, with their equipment and ready to photograph. The workshop is limited to just 12 participants and photographers will be subject to online applications.

We recommend participants arrive with at least one realistic project idea they wish to develop during the workshop, and that preliminary research be conducted before the workshop begins. This should include contact liaison, access information and even early shooting – please refer to your teacher’s specific requirements.

On the first day, participants will have the opportunity to present their existing work and discuss project ideas. The workshop structure is self-directed and participants will be responsible for their own coordination and time management. Candidates are encouraged to be realistic about what is achievable in five days.

Due to the fast pace of the workshop, we highly recommends that participants produce and edit their work digitally, using their own laptops. Individuals wishing to use film may do so, but at their own cost and during the time imposed. Lab services will be recommended.


Travel & Accommodation

Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation; a list of suitable accommodation options will be provided to successful candidates. International visitors can travel to Paris from most major terminals. Please ensure you have the necessary travel documents & relevant visas in order to attend the event. Daken Art Center can provide letters of support when necessary.



Click here for more information and to apply.

The first deadline for acceptance is April 20th, and qualified applicants will be selected through a combination of the merit of their work and their personal statement, and the order of their application’s receipt. All applications received after April 20th will be reviewed, space permitting.

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