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Magnum Workshops in Sharjah with Ian Berry and Carolyn Drake 

August 10, 2016 
<b>Workshops with Ian Berry and Carolyn Drake</b>
In Sharjah, UAE, Xposure International Photography Festival
11 - 15 October 2016

Magnum Photos is proud to announce this programme of workshops In Sharjah, UAE, in collaboration with Xposure International Photography Festival. We are pleased to announce that Ian Berry and Carolyn Drake will be the workshop teachers. Each photographer will lead students through a focused program, outlined below.

Aimed at photographers with a good understanding of photographic practice, 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 peers.
Students will spend the five days alongside their selected photographer developing visual language, photographic identity, practical, technical and conceptual skills to work as a photojournalist or documentary photographer.

Upon acceptance, students will be emailed a welcome package with directives from their instructor as well as pertinent details about the workshop and information on traveling to and working in Sharjah.

<b>Magnum Photos Photojournalism & Reportage workshop led by Ian Berry</b>

<i>"I enjoy teaching because it enables me to put a little back into photography, something of the great enjoyment and life it has given me. Occasionally I also discover someone whit a great eye and talent."</i>

Ian Berry will lead twelve students through a week long workshop focusing on photojournalism and reportage, sharing insights from his prolific career, and working with students to develop their skills as journalists and visual storytellers.
You will be tasked with creating a documentary story in Sharjah, responding to the locality in a topical manner. Students should research local culture, community, and industry, in order to be prepared to pursue your chosen story over the week of the workshop.

You will each work with Ian Berry to build a photographic essay, in addition to learning about the practical aspects of working as a photojournalist, from working in challenging environments, to the ethics of journalism.
Participants should be able to show a good level of photographic aptitude and a desire to learn. Candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment and ready to photograph.

About Ian Berry

Ian Berry is a world renowned photojournalist who is currently based in England. Berry made his reputation in South Africa, where he worked for the Daily Mail and later for Drum magazine. He was the only photographer to document the massacre at Sharpeville in 1960, and his photographs were used in the trial to prove the victims' innocence.
Henri Cartier-Bresson invited Berry to join Magnum in 1962, when he was based in Paris. He moved to London in 1964 to become the first contract photographer for the Observer Magazine. Since then assignments have taken him around the world: he has documented Russia's invasion of Czechoslovakia; conflicts in Israel, Ireland, Vietnam and the Congo; famine in Ethiopia; and apartheid in South Africa. The major body of work produced in South Africa is represented in two of his books: Black and Whites: L'Afrique du Sud (with a foreword by the then French president François Mitterrand), and Living Apart (1996).

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<b>Creative Documentary with Carolyn Drake

<i>"Images can describe, provoke, abstract, interpret, but they are not absolute"</i>

The idea of documentary being creative may seem incongruous. In this workshop we see photography not as a method to document the real world but as a creative practice, a tool to engage with, interpret, tell stories about, and provoke thought and feeling about our surroundings. Students will spend a week shooting, experimenting and editing, to create a personally driven photographic series in Sharjah.

Mornings will be group sessions devoted to reviewing and critiquing the images you shot the day before. This is not a lecture series – you will be expected to engage in conversation and group critique. In the afternoons, you will head into the city to further develop your project.

In class meetings we will grind through the questions that come up when working on a long term series – how do ideas develop, how do stylistic choices affect the meaning of your work, how do you get access to strangers and to institutions, what role can collaboration, imagination, and intervention play in documentary, what larger questions does your work examine? We will talk about what makes individual images work and how the editing process can elucidate, complicate, or obscure the meaning of your work. The workshop will be a forum for open discussion, exchange, and debate.

Each student will work to create an edited photographic series which will be shown as a public screening on the final evening of the workshop.


Please come to the first session with a collection of digital or printed images of your previous work and some ideas for a project you will pursue during the week.

About Carolyn Drake

Carolyn Drake was born in California and is now based in Athens, Georgia. She studied Media/Culture and History in the 1990s at Brown University, where she became interested in approaches to documentary and the ways that history and reality are purposefully shaped and revised over time. She worked for multimedia companies in New York for many years, but eventually left her office job to engage with the physical world through photography.

Between 2007 and 2013, Carolyn traveled frequently to Central Asia from her base in Istanbul to work on two projects which became acclaimed photo books. The first, Two Rivers, explores the connections between ecology, culture and political power along the Amu Dary and Syr Darya rivers. The second, Wild Pigeon, is an amalgam of photographs, drawings, and embroideries made in collaboration with Uyghurs in western China.

Carolyn is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, a World Press Photo award, a Magnum Emergency Fund grant, and a Fulbright fellowship, among other awards.

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<b>Fees and registration</b>

The workshop fee is £850 and does not include travel, local expenses or accomodation.

Last registration closes 19th September where any remaining places will be allocated 7 days following submission.

A £100 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 £5 processing charge, will be granted.

For any questions or for more information, please contact

Cancellation Policy
- If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, it must be confirmed in writing:
. Magnum Photos will reimburse all the registration costs except for £50 administrative 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 commences.
. 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 recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.