Magnum Photos Event
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by Magnum Photographers


Sep 19 - Sep 20 2014



Körnerstrasse 6-8



The PhotoBookMuseum and Magnum Photos are launching in collaboration with the Photoszene Festival (September 16th-21st) a new Masterclass on the art of the photo book.

This book making masterclass will provide an exclusive opportunity to edit and construct a bespoke photobook of images by a Magnum photographer, in the presence of that photographer. Jacob Aue Sobol and Chris Steele-Perkins will lead an exclusive group of enthusiasts through this unique book making process.

In partnership with the Photoszene Köln and The PhotoBookMuseum, Magnum’s photographers will host a two-day event celebrating the agency’s time-honoured history with the photobook, and exploring the creative process of this very special entity.

Participants will be given access to an exclusive pool of images selected by their chosen photographer will construct a unique publication in collaboration with The PhotoBookMuseum experts and their Magnum photographer. Each bespoke book will be printed & bound overnight, featuring a specially commissioned silkscreen cover.

Participants will return to the PhotoBookMuseum the following day for a presentation of the bespoke books to the public during the morning and an inspirational schedule of talks and discussions about photography, books and creative processes, led by Magnum photographers and photographic industry specialists during the afternoon at the Museum of Applied Arts as part of the Photoszene Festivals' program.

Participation is strictly limited to 15 participants per photographer and one book per person.

Friday September 19th, 2014:
10am – 6pm: The PhotoBookMuseum: Magnum BookMaking Masterclass

Saturday September 20th, 2014:
10-1pm: The PhotoBookMuseum: Magnum BookMaking Masterclass Presentation, Symposium and presentation to the public

2-7pm: Museum of Applied Arts: Artists Talks&Podiumdiscussion "WallPaper" , including Tamara Lorenz, Jacob Aue Sobol, Markus Schaden (founder of The PhotoBookMuseum), Barbara Engelbach (Museum Ludwig), Beate Gütschow (artist and assistant professor of the Art and Media Academy Cologne).Tobias Zielony (artist Berlin),

Photoszene Festival “WallPaper”

The launch of this year's Photoszene Festival coincides exactly with the 175th anniversary of photography on 19 August. Under the title WallPaper the Festival will provide a richly faceted overview of the medium and, during the main events week from 16 to 21 September – alongside specialist photography trade show photokina – will present its own programme of events.
During podium debates, lectures and interviews at the Festival's two centres, The PhotoBookMuseum (Cologne-Mülheim) and the Museum of Applied Arts, Cologne (MAKK) (city centre), Photoszene will investigate the subject of presentation forms for photography. While the – initially temporary – PhotoBookMuseum makes its voice clearly heard in favour of the photo book as THE appropriate way of presenting photography, Photoszene is inviting experts from the worlds of science and art production to provide historical and contemporary insights into the practice of putting photography on show.

Participants are actively encouraged to follow the diverse schedule of the festival events.
For information about the activities during the Photoszene-Festival, visit:


375€ (includes one copy of your bespoke book and access to Saturday symposium with welcome drink
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 programme 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 a €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 if a workshop is cancelled. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.

Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation; a list of suitable accommodation options will be provided to successful candidates.

Please ensure that you have the necessary travel documents and relevant visas in order to attend the event. Magnum Photos can provide letters of support where necessary.

Application deadline is August 31st, 2014.

For queries contact Nicolas Ossard, Cultural & Education Coordinator:

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