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Magnum Workshop Tokyo 2016
December 25, 2015
16th March – 20th March 2016

Magnum Photos is pleased to announce its third international workshop in Tokyo in collaboration with the Nippon Photography Institute.

The workshop will be led by acclaimed Magnum photographers Harry Gruyaert, Jacob Aue Sobol and Matt Black.

This is a great opportunity to produce some new work in Tokyo, amongst some of the best tutors. Each of these tutors come from a different background and have a very unique vision.

Nippon Photography Institute (NPI) has more than 40 years of history, and has been producing influential members of the Japanese photographic world.
This has been realised through NPI’s fantastic lecturers, educational programming and offerings of high-quality equipment. (

Address :4-16 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0031 Japan.

The workshop is aimed at photographers with a good understanding of pho-tographic practice, who are interested in narrative and storytelling and looking to take the next step in their development. Each applicant will be able to choose the photographer they would like to work with and all efforts will be made to accom-modate their choice.

During these 5 days, each Magnum photographer will lead their groups through a daily program of shooting, reviews, group critiques, mentoring, editing sessions and the opportunity to learn amongst and from their peers. Participants will work will their lead tutors to create an edit to be shown in the culminating workshop pro-jection. The projection will take place at The Nippon Photography Institute.

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 partici-pants 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 par-ticipants through an intense program of shooting, critiquing and editing.
Participants will work with their tutor to create an edit to be shown in the culminat-ing 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 Wednesday 24th February 2016.
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 Wednesday 24th February will be reviewed, space per-mitting.

The final deadline for application is Wednesday 2nd March 2016.


Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel and ac-commodation; a list of suitable accommodation options will be provided to success-ful 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 Chloé Jafé 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 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.