Magnum Photos Event
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by Thomas Dworzak


Feb 8 - Feb 12 2015


Magnum Photos Paris

19, rue Hégésippe Moreau



The Magnum Workshop with Thomas Dworzak is a five-day practice-focused photography workshop that will be held inside the Paris agency, from February 8th to February 12th. Thomas Dworzak will guide an intimate group of 12 participants who will have the opportunity to shoot and polish some new material and that will be encouraged to put a subject into perspective by mixing photographs and other elements.

The workshop will be held inside the Magnum Photos’ agency – 19, rue Hégésippe Moreau, 75018 Paris.

The Workshop

Reportage and paraphernalia

“Since I started out as a photographer I think and hope I have always been rather straight-forward without excessively trying to have my own style. Giving the content, the story, the event, the first place; something I still try to adhere to.

But then, there have always been these paraphernalia, little elements that made the difference. What I would like to do in the workshop is work on possibilities to combine classic reportage storytelling with other visual elements”

Aimed at photographers with a good understanding of photographic practice, Thomas Dworzak will lead his group through a daily program of shooting, reviews, group critiques, mentoring, editing sessions and the opportunity to learn amongst peers. Candidates will spend the five days alongside their photographer developing visual language, photographic identity, practical, technical and conceptual skills and the expertise required to compete in a changing marketplace.

Participants are asked to come with ideas for projects so that the mentoring can be most efficient. We strongly recommend that you try to plan your work as much as possible, collect contacts or spots, anything relevant for your own project.

The session will culminate in a projection of the students’ works at the agency in the presence of Magnum Staff.

The Photographer

Thomas Dworzak

Formerly one of Magnum’s youngest photographers in activity, Thomas Dworzak originally longed more for travelling than becoming a photographer. However, his extensive work in the Middle East along with his wanderlust has unravelled for us such hidden and inaccessible places among half-recognized countries and perpetual conflict areas,that he has become one of the most important photo reporters of our last twenty years. Adding to that, his constant flow of ideas on form, mostly present inside his publications, like adding stills and subtitles from the series “M.A.S.H.” to his book on war in Iraq, the peculiar aspect of the Taliban book, quotations from Russian classical writers on transparent pages covering the actual photographs in “Kavkaz/Caucasus” are examples of how documentary photography can widen its range of action inside our consciousness and develop its visual language accordingly

The Photographer Requirements

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.

On the first day participants will have the opportunity to present their existing work and discuss project ideas. The workshop structure is self-directed and participants will be responsible for their own coordination and time management. Candidates are encouraged to be realistic about what is achievable in five days.

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.

Please note: Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 7 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, this 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 where necessary.


Click here to apply

The first deadline for acceptance is January 21st, 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 January 1st will be reviewed, space permitting.

For queries please contact the Magnum Educational team in Paris :