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Magnum Masterclass Seoul
February 23, 2015
by Magnum Photographers
Magnum Photos is proud to announce its first International masterclass in Seoul in partnership with the Museum of Photography, Seoul for the occasion of “Magnum’s first” exhibition. The masterclass will be led by Magnum photographers Chris Steele-Perkins, Chien-Chi Chang and Moises Saman.

In the tradition of Magnum’s commitment to emerging photographers, this masterclass will give limited participants a rare opportunity to refine their photographic practice and sense of authorship under the guidance of Magnum’s progressive photographers.

The masterclass will incorporate inspirational presentations from all three Magnum photographers, portfolio critiques and an overnight shooting assignment. Critiques will be conducted amongst masterclass groups, encouraging confidence building skills and the ability to communicate projects as well as engaging peer-to-peer feedback.

There will be 3 different masterclasses, run by each Magnum tutor, but the presentations will be open to all groups. This means that all participants will be able to attend the 3 photographers presentations.

Participants will work with their assigned Magnum photographer and their Masterclass group to developing a realistic overnight brief; work from which will be reviewed the following day. There will be ample time for questions, book signings and to discuss specific aspects of photography and the industry.

The event is held at the Museum of Photography, Seoul
Hanmi Tower (19,20F), 14, Wiryeseong-daero, Songpa-gu Seoul, 138-724 Korea
http://www.photomuseum.or.kr

18th April to 19th April, 10am until 6pm

Tuition fees: $670 USD (including tax) and does not include flights, accommodations or meals. All on-the-ground expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Please submit your application by April 16th 2015.

* Please note the masterclass will be conducted in English.

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FEES AND POLICIES

- All fees must be paid within 7 days of acceptance.
- A non-refundable $100 USD application fee is required for each application. If accepted, this balance will be applied to the final tuition. If the student is not accepted, a refund of the application fee minus a $10 USD processing charge will be granted.
- Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 10 participants. Students will be given either a full refund or offered a place with an alternative photographer. In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least 3 weeks advance notice.
- Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.
- For International applicants, Magnum Photos is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is cancelled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable tickets and/or travel insurance.

For more details or if you have any questions or problems, please contact
Chloe Jafe, Project Manager
chloejafe@magnumphotos.co.jp

Photographer Biographies:

Chris Steele-Perkins

At the age of two, Chris Steele-Perkins moved to England from Burma with his father. He went to school at Christ's Hospital. At the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he studied psychology and worked for the student newspaper; he graduated with honors in 1970 and started to work as a freelance photographer, moving to London in 1971.

Apart from a trip to Bangladesh in 1973, he worked mainly in Britain in areas concerned with urban poverty and subcultures. In 1975 he worked with EXIT, a collective dealing with social problems in British cities. This involvement culminated in the book Survival Programmes in 1982. He joined the Paris-based Viva agency in 1976. In 1979 he published his first solo book, The Teds; he also edited the Arts Council of Great Britain's book, About 70 Photographs.

Steele-Perkins joined Magnum Photos in 1979 and soon began working extensively in the developing world, in particular in Africa, Central America and Lebanon, as well as continuing to take photographs in Britain: The Pleasure Principle explores Britain in the 1980s. In 1992 he published Afghanistan, the result of four trips over four years. After marrying his second wife, Miyako Yamada, he embarked on a long-term photographic exploration of Japan, publishing Fuji in 2000. A highly personal diary of 2001, Echoes, was published in 2003, and the second of his Japanese books, Tokyo Love Hello, in March 2007. He continues to work in Britain, documenting rural life in County Durham, which was published as Northern Exposures in 2007. In 2009 he published a collection of work from 40 years of photographing England - England, My England. A new book, on British centenarians, Fading Light was published in 2012.

Latest book: A Place in the County is a study of a year on Holkham Hall, a great English
aristocratic Country Estate.

Chien-Chi Chang

In his work, Chien-Chi Chang makes manifest the abstract concepts of alienation and connection. “The Chain,” a collection of portraits made in a mental asylum in Taiwan, caused a sensation when it was shown at La Biennale di Venezia (2001) and the Bienal de Sao Paolo (2002). The life-sized photographs of pairs of patients literally chained together resonate with Chang’s jaundiced look at the less visible bonds of marriage. He has treated marital ties in two books—I do I do I do (2001), a collection of images depicting alienated grooms and brides in Taiwan, and in Double Happiness (2005), a brutal depiction of the business of selling brides in Vietnam.

The ties of family and of culture are also the themes of an ambitious project begun in 1992. For 20 years, Chang has photographed the bifurcated lives of Chinese immigrants in New York’s Chinatown, along with those of their wives and families back home in Fujian. A work in progress, “China Town” was hung at the National Museum of Singapore in 2008 as part of a mid-career survey, “Doubleness.” Chang’s investigation of the ties that bind one person to another draws on his own deeply divided immigrant experience. Born in Taiwan in 1961, Chang studied at Soochow University (B.A. 1984) and at Indiana University (M.S. 1990). Chang joined Magnum in 1995 and became a full member in 2001.

Moises Saman

Moises Saman was born in Lima, Peru, from a mixed Spanish and Peruvian family. At the age of 1 his family relocated to Barcelona, Spain, where Moises spent most of his youth. Moises studied Communications and Sociology in the United States at California State University, graduating in 1998. It was during his last year in university that Moises first became interested in becoming a photographer, influenced by the work of a number of photojournalists that had been covering the wars in the Balkans.

Moises interned at several small newspapers in California, and after graduating from university he moved to New York City to complete a summer internship at New York Newsday newspaper. That fall, upon completion of the internship, Moises spent a month traveling in Kosovo photographing the immediate aftermath of the last Balkan war.

In 2000 Moises joined Newsday as a Staff Photographer, a position he held until 2007. During his 7 years at Newsday Moises' work focused on covering the fallout of the 9/11 attacks, spending most of his time traveling between Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern countries. In the fall of 2007 Moises left Newsday to become a freelance photographer represented by Panos Pictures. During that time he become a regular contributor for The New York Times, Human Rights Watch, Newsweek, and TIME Magazine, among other international publications.

Over the years Moises' work has received awards from the World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year and the Overseas Press Club and his photographs have been shown in a several exhibitions worldwide.