Magnum Photos Event
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by Magnum Photographers


May 1 - May 3 2014


Musei Civici - Palazzo San Francesco

Via Riccardo Secchi 1

Reggio Emilia, 42100


Magnum Photos is delighted to announce its participation to HOST, in collaboration with Fotografia Europea 014 and aBcM. HOST launches a series of initiatives aimed at the public of Fotografia Europea, with a direct exchange with the photographers of Magnum Photos.

HOST is a section of the festival that includes a partnership with the most important international photo agency, to enrich the opening days with initiatives, meetings, screenings and workshops aimed at a public interested in photography d’auteur, photo journalism and editorial, exhibition and arts activities in general, which are part of the mission of Magnum Photos and its photographers.


The Magnum masterclasses will be led by Magnum photographers Abbas, David Alan Harvey, Jonas Bendiksen, Patrick Zachmann and will be held at Musei Civici – Palazzo San Francesco in Reggio Emilia.

The masterclasses are aimed at photographers with a good understanding of photographic practice, who are interested in narrative and storytelling, and looking to take the next step in their photographic development. Each applicant will be able to choose the photographer they would like to work with, and all efforts will be made to accommodate their choice.

The masterclasses will take place from Thursday 1st May 2014 until Saturday 3rd May 2014.
During these 3 days, each Magnum photographers will lead their groups through a daily program of shooting, reviews, group critiques, mentoring, editing sessions and the opportunity to learn amongst peers.
Participants will work will their lead tutors to create an edit to be shown in the culminating workshop projection. The projection will take place at Teatro Municipale Valli during the Magnum Night.

As part of a special partnership with Magnum Photos Educational Program, The British Journal of Photography will work with each Magnum tutor to identify a deserving masterclass participant per class, who will enjoy a special online feature of their work produced during the masterclasses accompanied by an interview.

Also, A jury composed by ia group of magazines' editors and photo editors will select the best portfolios among the ones submitted for the masterclass' application. Each editor will then publish online his/her favorite one on the related magazine.

Jurors: Alessia Glaviano (Vogue Italia), Renata Ferri (Io Donna), Manik Katyal (Emaho Magazine), Diego Orlando (Burn Magazine).

For Burn Magazine, the best Instagram profile among the masterclasses' applicants will be selected and he/she will be the photographer of the week on @burndiary.

Selected participants will be provided with necessary information in the form of Welcome Packs prior to the event and with a free pass for the Festival.

This workshop is not about learning new technical skills, but rather improving each student's own unique photographic vision. Candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment and ready to photograph. It will be held in English/Italian. The classes will be composed of groups of maximum 10/12 students per photographer. Each group will be assigned a bilingual assistant, which will help for translation, technical or logistical issues.
Due to the fast pace of the workshop, Magnum Photos 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. We also recommend participants to arrive with one realistic project idea they wish to develop during the workshop, and that preliminary research be conducted before the workshop begins.

Apply for the Masterclass


Four photographers from Magnum Photos will lunch with guests, for an informal chat on a specific theme suggested by the photographer. The lunch will take place at the exclusive Caffè Arti e Mestieri and will be prepared by chef Gianni D’Amato, on May 3rd, 2014.
Lunch will be followed by a shared portfolios review.
The seminaries will be held by Magnum photographers Olivia Arthur, Alex Majoli, Peter Marlow and Moises Saman.

Themes will be soon announced on Fotografia Europea Festival website.

The deadline for application, for both masterclasses and lunches, is Sunday 13th April 2014.

Apply for the Lunch

Tuition for the Magnum Masterclass is 450,00 € and does not include flights, accommodations or meals. All on-the-ground expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Tuition for the Magnum Lunch is 100,00 € and does not include flights or accommodations. All on-the-ground expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Once you submit your application, you will be notified within 2 business days after the submissions deadline (April, 13th).
All fees must be paid within 3 days from acceptance. Students will then be emailed a full welcome package with suggestions for accommodations as well as a guide to Reggio Emilia. Refund policies will be emailed with acceptances.

Please Note
- Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 9 participants for the masterclass and 10 participants for the lunch. Students will be given either a full refund or offered a place with an alternative photographer. In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least 2 weeks advance notice.
- Magnum Photos reserved 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.
- A 100,00 € 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 will be granted. The application fee won’t be refunded in case the student will decide to cancel its application after it has been submitted through the entry form.

For any questions, or for more information, please contact Annalisa Brambilla.

More Information (in Italian)