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Mobile Phone Photography Masterclass with Gueorgui Pinkhassov in Beijing
February 27, 2018
Learn how to take incredibly photographs with your cameraphone

Magnum Photographer Gueorgui Pinkhassov's new book 'Sophistication Simplification' is a collection of “small sketches made on the run - the fruits of a fleeting moment”.
Taking his Instagram work as a point of departure, the book is “an attempt to return images from the virtual world into the usual, material one.” 

On the occasion of the book’s launch, Magnum Photos and Light Society are proud to announce a unique 5-day mobile photography workshop open to emerging and professional photographers.

"The iPhone is a magical tool. Once you master it, it becomes a continuation of yourself, the instrument of your freedom and integration into the world"
- Gueorgui Pinkhassov

Application Information

Applications are now open!

Number of participants:12

Target participants: Photographers and creatives who want to explore mobile phone photography. Participants should bring a camera as well as their phone.

Language: The course will be taught in French/Russian, translator available for Chinese language.

Tuition Fee:£1700/¥15000 per participant

Apply here


Pinkhassov’s interest in photography began while he was still at school. After studying cinematography at the VGIK (The Moscow Institute of Cinematography), he went on to work at the Mosfilm studio and then as a set photographer.

In 1978 Pinkhassov joined the Moscow Union of Graphic Arts and obtained the status of an independent artist. His work was noticed by the prominent Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, who invited Pinkhassov to the set to make a reportage about his film Stalker(1979).

Pinkhassov moved permanently to Paris in 1985. He joined Magnum Photos in 1988. He works regularly for the international press, particularly for Geo, Actuel and The New York Times Magazine. His book, Sightwalk, explores individual details, through reflections or particular kinds of light, often approaching abstraction.
A discussion of Pinkhassov’s work on Instagram recently appeared in the New York Times, in an article penned by Teju Cole.

The Course Program

Day 1

Portfolio reviews + presentation of Pinkhassov's work

Welcome Drink
Day 2
Group shooting for 1 hour then individual portfolio reviews
Day 3 
Small group shooting + evening portfolio reviews
Day 4
Small group shooting + evening portfolio reviews

Day 5
Editing of works produced by all participants for a final presentation
Slideshow presentation and wrap party, “Sophistication Simplicity” book signing

A Magnum Photos and Light Society Collaboration