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Magnum Photos Now: The purpose of Photography Education
April 26, 2017
As part of Magnum’s 70th anniversary, Magnum Photos Hong Kong presents the second panel discussion of its annual program on the Purpose of Photography Education.

Date and time: Saturday, May 20th at 4pm
Location: University Museum and Art Gallery
Panelists: Stuart Franklin (Magnum Photos), Florian Knothe, (University Museum and Art Gallery), Leong Ka Tai (Photographer)
Moderator: Claudia Hinterseer (Managing Multimedia Producer)
Tickets: First come first serve basis event - For any question please contact Colin Lau /

Magnum Photos has always given importance to sharing knowledge and supporting social documentary photographers through educational workshops, masterclasses, mentorships, talks, partnerships with schools and universities, reviews and grants. Helping to improve the photographic and storytelling skills of peers and aspiring photographers has been a firm commitment by Magnum Photos.
Most recently, as part of their seventieth anniversary celebration, Magnum launched: Wear Good Shoes, Advice from Magnum Photographers (downloadable here:

Besides nurturing, what is the philosophical and methodological basis of Magnum Photos’ education programme? How can contemporary image-makers be taught to promote new thinking and make a difference in the world? Would the panel agree to Magnum’s Alex Majoli (in aforementioned “Wear Good Shoes”) saying: “Look as little as possible at other photographers’ work”? And, since we live in a world where everyone can now take technically perfect pictures, will the need for photography education eventually diminish?

Award-winning photographer and educator Stuart Franklin will do an in-depth documentary photography Masterclass in Hong Kong prior to the panel discussion, from May 19th to 21st, 2017, giving the opportunity to 15 international participants to benefit from his advice and experience in the intimate atmosphere of the Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery. Through a daily program of reviews, group critiques, mentoring and editing sessions, participants will develop their own visual language and ability to tell a story visually.

The conversation will shed perspective on his career and education in photography and the experiences of the other panelists.

Stuart Franklin is an acclaimed British documentary photographer who took one of the most powerful photographs in the history of the twentieth century - the 'tank man' - a lone man bringing to a halt a line of tanks entering Tiananmen Square, Beijing, in 1989. First published in Time Magazine, Stuart was subsequently awarded a World Press Photo Award. In 2003 Stuart was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society and has published a number of photobooks, such as Sea Fever, Footprint : Our Landscape in Flux and Narcissus. Stuart frequently travels around the world for a wide variety of projects yet still finds time to pass on his knowledge through workshops and online mentoring.
Stuart is a member of Magnum Photos and was President of the agency from 2006-2009. He is also a Professor of Documentary Photography. His most recent book The Documentary Impulse (Phaidon, 2016) has been widely reviewed and is a key reference work for students.

A scholar of Western European art, Dr. Florian Knothe received his PhD in royal manufacture and the production of art and propaganda in 17th century France. His prior positions include: research fellow and associate in European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, curator of European glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, where he led the East Meets West exhibition in 2010, and related lectures and conference papers presented in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. In his role as Director, Dr. Knothe aims to connect UMAG internationally so that future collection-oriented research and programming reflect the university’s unique geographic and cultural position between East and West.

Leong Ka Tai was awarded a Master's Degree in Engineering from Rice University in the US. After returning to Hong Kong in 1976, he established his own photography studio Camera22, and thus embarked on a career as a professional photographer for more than 35 years.
Leong was president of the Hong Kong Institute of Professional Photographers from 1992 to 1994.
His works have gained exposure in international magazines and newspapers and won different awards.
Leong is currently the chairman of Hong Kong Photographic Culture Association. He took the leading role in the first Hong Kong Photo Festival. He dedicates in promoting photographic culture to people with different background.

Claudia Hinterseer is the founder of NOOR, a ten-year old photo agency launched in the tradition of Magnum Photos: owned and run by photographers. NOOR organises annual documentary photography masterclasses and its photographers teach at universities and give workshops. Previous to NOOR, Claudia worked for over six years at the World Press Photo foundation’s Educational Department. Now active in producing multimedia in Hong Kong for China Daily, she continues to teach in the field of visual storytelling.

Second event forming part of the Magnum 70th anniversary program in Hong Kong, this talk is organized in collaboration with Boogie Woogie Photography and Fine Art Asia thanks to the support of the University Museum and Art Gallery and Jet Airways.

Link to the whole program: