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Magnum workshop with Gueorgui Pinkhassov
October 14, 2013
by Gueorgui Pinkhassov
Magnum Photos is glad to announce the last workshop of his 2013 educational program in Paris, with the dreamlike Russian photographer, Gueorgui Pinkhassov.

Gueorgui Pinkhassov, known for his unique play of light and reflections, will lead from December 14th to 18th 2013 an intimate workshop for 12 international Russian speaking participants.

Through a daily program of shooting, reviews, group critiques, mentoring and editing sessions, participants will develop their own visual language and ability to tell a story visually.
For the first time in the program, the participants will have the opportunity to work both with digital camera and smartphone, sharing Gueorgui’s experiment and travel with his iPhone.

Magnum Photos
In 2007, during its 60th year anniversary, Magnum Photos launched its new educational initiatives and a series of unique worldwide activities focusing on photography in the community. Magnum’s educational events provide opportunities for photographers at different stages in their careers to benefit from the vast experience of Magnum’s established photographers and employees. Through a variety of workshops, portfolio reviews, masterclasses, university partnerships and visiting lectures, Magnum Photos is able to reach out to a larger audience of photographers, students and fans of photography.

The workshop will take place from 2013 December 14th to 18th at the Magnum Paris office.
Each workshop is limited to just 12 participants, Russian speaking, and photographers will be subject to online applications.

Deadline for application: November 20th, 2013

This workshop is not about learning technical skills, but rather improving each student's own unique photographic vision. Workshops will be held in French/Russian and the class will be assigned an assistant who will facilitate the workshop and help students when it comes to technical or logistical issues. In addition what is sure to be a fruitful dynamic in class, there will also be ample informal time for forum, sharing and cross-pollination of ideas with other teachers and students.

Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to further their editing experience through the production of a group Blurb books. The session will culminate in a projection of participant work at the Magnum Paris office.
As part of a special partnership with the British Journal of Photography, they will work with each Magnum tutor to identify a deserving workshop participant, who will enjoy a special online feature of their work accompanied by an interview.

Workshop participants should be able to show a good level of photographic aptitude. Candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment and ready to photograph. The workshop is limited to just 12 participants and photographers will be subject to online applications. We recommend participants arrive with at least one realistic project idea they wish to develop during the workshop, and that preliminary research be conducted before the workshop begins. This should include contact liaison, access information and even early shooting – please refer to your teacher’s specific requirements.

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. Lab services will be recommended.

950€ (does not include travel, accommodations or on-the-ground expenses). All fees must be paid within 7 days of acceptance or you will forfeit your space. This does not include photo developing, post-production, travel, accommodations or meals.
Refund policies will be emailed with acceptance letter.

Please note: Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 8 participants. Students will be given either a full refund or offered a place with an alternative photographer. In the event of a cancellation, students will be given at least 2 weeks advance notice.

Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.
- 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 €100 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.

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

The Photographer

Gueorgui Pinkhassov's interest in photography began while he was still at school. After studying cinematography at the VGIK (the Moscow Institute of Cinematography), he went on to work at the Mosfilm studio and then as a set photographer.

In 1978 Pinkhassov joined the Moscow Union of Graphic Arts and obtained the status of an independent artist. His work was noticed by the prominent Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, who invited Pinkhassov to the set to make a reportage about his film ‘Stalker’ (1979).

Pinkhassov moved permanently to Paris in 1985. He joined Magnum Photos in 1988. He works regulary for the international press, particularly for Geo, Actuel and the New York Times Magazine. His book, Sightwalk, explores individual details, through reflections or particular kinds of light, often approaching abstraction.


1971 Cinematography, Superior Institute of Cinematography (VGIK),
Moscow, Russia


1995 Bourse de la Ville de Paris
1993 World Press Photo (artistic category award)
1993 Society of News Design Award of Excellence, USA


2008 Just light like, Centre of Contemporary Art, Winzavod, Moscow
2007 L'Image d'Après, Cinémathèque Française, Paris, France
1988 Center of Photography, Geneva, Switzerland
1988 Asie Centrale - Galerie Picto, Paris, France
1987 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
1979 Maison des Hommes de Lettres, Moscow, Russia
1979 Tour Kiek in de Kök, Tallinn, Estonia


2006 Nordmeer, Mare, Germany
1998 Sightwalk, Phaidon Press, UK

Gueorgui Pinkhassov’s portfolio is viewable on the Magnum website
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Click here to apply

The deadline for acceptance is November 20th, and qualified applicants will be selected through a combination of the merit of their work and their personal statement, and the order of their application's receipt. All applications received after November 20th will be reviewed, space permitting.

For queries please contact: Elsa Bizet