Magnum Photos Event
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by Magnum Photographers


Feb 17 - Feb 21 2014

Sao Paulo,


Magnum Photos is extremely pleased to announce, for the first time in Brazil, Sao Paulo, an exciting photography experience held as part of the fifth edition of the Mostra São Paulo de Fotografia.

Mostra São Paulo de Fotografia

The Mostra São Paulo de Fotografia, organized by DOC Galeria, is the biggest photo event in São Paulo. Presenting about 40 photo exhibitions in Vila Madalena, the photo festival reflects São Paulo’s different rich aspects. Starting every January 25th – São Paulo’s anniversary day - it presents the works of various photographers with different styles, aspects and periods.

Magnum Workshops in São Paulo

Magnum Photos proposes for the first time in Brazil two exclusive workshops of five days for twenty-four exclusive participants. Directed by the two astonished Magnum photographers Abbas and Moises Saman, they will offer a unique intensive photography experience in Sao Paulo.

From February 17th to 21st, 2014, Abbas and Moises will direct their group through a daily program of shooting, reviews, group critiques, mentoring, editing sessions and the opportunity to learn amongst peers.

Intended for photographers or photography students with a good understanding of photographic practice, candidates will spend the five days alongside their selected photographer developing visual language, photographic identity, practical, technical and conceptual skills and the expertise required to compete in a changing marketplace.

Students will have the opportunity to build a photographic story in São Paulo or the surrounding area, in some cases relating to previous photographic work or interests and in others providing the possibility to work under a new discipline.

Magnum’s photographers are used to lead students to find out by themselves how they can improve their photography and their editing, rather than impose their own photographic style.

The reduced number of participants, 12 per group, and the location of the workshop, in Espaço Revista CULT, a space dedicated to education and culture in the neighbourhood of Vila Madalena ( will permit to work in an intimate atmosphere.

The workshop will end with a public projection of the participants works produced during the 5 days.

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.

In addition to the workshop, Abbas and Moises Saman will give a public talk on February 22nd in the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo – more details to come.


The Magnum workshops are co-organized and produced by DOC Galeria ( and will take place at Espaço Revista CULT, São Paulo, from February 17th to 21st 2014.

Espaço Revista CULT
R. Inácio Pereira da Rocha, 400 – Pinheiros
São Paulo – SP, 05432-011

Workshop participants should show a good level of photographic aptitude. Candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment and ready to photograph. All students should shoot digitally. Each workshop is limited to 12 participants and photographers are subject to online applications.

Deadline for application: January 27th, 2014

Tuition fees

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 Sao Paulo 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.


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The deadline for acceptance is January 27th, 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 27th will be reviewed, space permitting.

For queries please contact: Elsa Bizet

The photographers

Iranian/French, b. 1944

Born a photographer, Abbas is an Iranian transplanted to Paris. He has dedicated himself to documenting the political and social life of societies in conflict. In his major work since 1970 he has covered wars and revolutions in Biafra, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, the Middle East, Chile, Cuba, and South Africa during apartheid.

From 1978 to 1980, Abbas photographed the revolution in Iran, to which he returned in 1997 after seventeen years of voluntary exile. His book Iran Diary 1971-2002 is a critical interpretation of Iranian history, photographed and written as a private journal.

During his years of exile Abbas travelled constantly. Between 1983 and 1986 he journeyed through Mexico, attempting to photograph a country as a novelist might write about it. The resulting exhibition and book, Return to Mexico: Journeys Beyond the Mask, helped define his photographic aesthetic.

From 1987 to 1994, he focused on the resurgence of Islam throughout the world. Allah O Akbar: A Journey Through Militant Islam, the subsequent book and exhibition, spanning twenty-nine countries and four continents, attracted special attention after the 9/11 attacks by Islamic jihadists. A later book, Faces of Christianity: A Photographic Journey (2000), and touring show explored Christianity as a political, ritual and spiritual phenomenon

Abbas' concern with religion led him in 2000 to begin a project on animism, in which he sought to discover why non-rational ritual has re-emerged in a world increasingly defined by science and technology. He abandoned this undertaking in 2002, on the first anniversary of 9/11, to start a new long-term project about the clash of religions, defined as culture rather than faith, which he believes are turning into political ideologies and therefore one of the sources of the strategic struggles of the contemporary world.

From 2008 to 2010 Abbas travelled the world of Buddhism, photographing with the same sceptical eye. In 2011 he started a similar long term project on Hinduism.

A member of Sipa from 1971 to 1973, then of Gamma from 1974 to 1980, Abbas joined Magnum Photos in 1981 and became a member in 1985.

Moises Saman
Spanish, American. b. 1974

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 travelling 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 became 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.

In 2010 Moises was invited to join Magnum Photos as a Nominee. He now lives between Cairo and New York City.

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