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Magnum Professional Practice Weekend Workshop 3-4 October 2015
July 29, 2015
Learn about the business of photography with Magnum Photos!

Breaking into the creative industries is tougher than ever before, so Magnum Photos are bringing early career photographers an incredible training opportunity.

Magnum’s Professional Practice event is a two-day photographic masterclass that focuses on demystifying the business of the industry, establishing a professional network of industry contacts, understanding the requirements of the market and identifying entry realistic routes into employment. Topics covered may include: the commercial print sale market, advertising shoots, image licensing commissioning for NGOs, publishing photographic books, the modern editorial market, funding and organising exhibitions. A second day of portfolio reviews lead by industry specialists will provide photographers with an honest, constructive and critique of existing work.

The deadline for applications is 25th September.

The workshop is subject to applications.

The masterclass will take place at the Magnum Print Room, 63 Gee Street, London, EC1V 3RS, on the weekend of 3 and 4 October. Both days begin at 9.30am and end at 6pm. Participants will be required to attend both sessions.

Tuition fees: £200, and includes lunch on both days. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Places will be allocated on a first come basis.

Apply here

For more details or if you have any questions or problems, please contact Emily Graham:

Speakers include:

Hamish Crooks

Hamish Crooks is the Global Licensing Director at Magnum Photos. Previous to this Hamish worked at Reuters News Agency in Product Development, and at The Telegraph as a sub-editor and journalist.

Hamish will speak about the editorial market, image rights, licenses and syndication. You'll learn how to protect your rights as a photographer, how to understand what your clients are asking for, and what rates to charge for your images.

Hannah Watson

Hannah Watson is the Director of Trolley Books and contemporary art gallery TJ Boulting. Established in 2001, Trolley Books publish a diverse range of titles presenting unique stories in photography, photojournalism and contemporary art. In particular Trolley has championed the work of many photographers often publishing their first book, including those of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Paolo Pellegrin, Alex Majoli, Stanley Greene, Nina Berman, Robin Maddock and Alixandra Fazzina. In 2005 Trolley Books received a special commendation from the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards for its outstanding contribution to photography book publishing. Hannah Watson joined Trolley in 2005 and continues the legacy of its founder Gigi Giannuzzi, who died at the end of 2012. The gallery TJ Boulting was founded when they relocated to new premises in Riding House Street, Fitzrovia in 2011. TJ Boulting’s programme supports and represents emerging contemporary artists in all mediums, and currently hosts the BJP IPA award, which was won last year by Dominic Hawgood.

Hannah will talk about the photo book publishing market; revealing how Trolley work with photographers and what goes in to producing a publication with Trolley. Hannah will also speak about TJ Boulting's exhibition programme and advise on how to approach and produce an exhibition.

Neil Wissink

Neil Wissink is the Photography Manager for international development NGO WaterAid, where he commissions and promotes WaterAid’s photography, in addition to training staff in WaterAid’s offices around the world in photography skills, and shooting for WaterAid both in the UK and in the field. A graduate of the Royal College of Art’s Photography MA, Neil also has a back ground in fine art and artist’s moving image, and has undertaken a range of commissioned and personal projects.

Neil will speak about how NGOs and charities work with photography and photographers; from how he commissions photography, to what to expect on a shoot, and how to make your work stand out to picture editors.

Diane Smyth

Diane Smyth is deputy editor of the British Journal of Photography and has also written on photography for Photomonitor, Creative Review and Telephoto. She has curated shows for the Flash Forward Festival in Toronto, Lianzhou Photo Festival, and The Photographers' Gallery.

Diane will speak about her role at the British Journal of Photography, and how photographers can work with journals and publications to get their work noticed.

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- All fees must be paid on application.
- Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 20 participants. Students will be given either a full refund. 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.