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Magnum Tokyo Workshop with David Alan Harvey
November 27, 2015
*Please note this workshop is now fully booked. You can continue to apply and your details will be placed on a Reserves list. You will be notified of any cancellations via email.*

Here is a great opportunity to produce new work in the exciting city that is Tokyo, under the guidance of the legendary Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey.
From Jan 20 - Jan 24 2016.

Born in San Francisco, David Alan Harvey was raised in Virginia. He went on to shoot over forty essays for National Geographic magazine, and has covered stories around the world, including projects on French teenagers, the Berlin Wall, Maya culture, Vietnam, Native Americans, Mexico, Naples, and a recent feature on Nairobi.
Harvey is the founder and editor of the award-winning Burn magazine, featuring iconic and emerging photographers in print and online.
Workshops and seminars are an important part of his life.

Aimed at photographers wishing to broaden their perspectives and push the boundaries of their personal development, the Magnum Tokyo workshop will elevate the professional standard of both regional and international photographers. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the city and shoot what interests them.

The workshop will take place in the Magnum Tokyo office.

Tokyo-do Jimbocho 7F, 1-1-17 Kanda Jimbocho
Chiyoda-ku, 101-0051 Tokyo

The Magnum Toyo office is in Jimbocho; located in the Kanda area of central Tokyo, close to the Imperial Palace, which is also known for its used bookstores.
In the Edo Period the area was home to numerous samurai residences and the district is named after a high-ranking samurai Nagaharu Jinbo, who lived in the neighborhood.
Book shops for both new and second-hand books as well as publishers' offices dot the streets. It is the best area for finding Photography book bargains.

This workshop is not about learning new technical skills, but rather improving each student's own unique photographic vision. Candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment, ready to work, and with a sufficient fluency in the English language, as this workshop will be taught in English.

Due to the fast pace of the workshop, Magnum 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. We also recommend participants to arrive with one realistic project idea they wish to develop during the workshop, and that preliminary research should be conducted before the workshop begins.

The five day workshop, will lead a total of up to 13 International and Japanese participants through an intense program of shooting, critiquing and editing.
Participants will work with their tutor to create an edit to be shown in the culminating workshop projection on the evening of the last day of the event.


Tuition for the workshop is 150,000 JPY (including tax).

The first deadline for acceptance is Monday 28th December. Qualified applicants will be selected through a combination of the merit of their work and their personal statement, and in the order of the application received. All applications received after Monday 28th December will be reviewed, space permitting.

The final deadline for application is Wednesday 6th January 2016.


Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation; a list of suitable accommodation options will be provided to successful candidates.
Please ensure you have the necessary travel documents & relevant visas in order to attend the event. Magnum Photos can provide letters of support where necessary.


For any queries please feel free to contact Chloe Jafe in Tokyo:

*Please note: Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 8 participants. Students will be given a full refund.

In the event of a cancellation, students will be given 10 days in advance notice. Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.

If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, this must be confirmed in writing. Magnum Photos will reimburse all the registration costs except for the 10,000 JPY administration fee, if the participant informs Magnum Photos of cancellation at least 3 weeks before the first day of the workshop. Beyond this time limit, Magnum Photos will charge the following:

- 50% of the cost if cancelled between 6 and 20 days before the workshop commences.
- 100% of the cost if cancelled less than 5 days before the workshop starts.
- All workshops that are commenced but not completed through the fault of either the contractor/or participant need to be paid in full.
Magnum Photos is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is cancelled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.