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Stuart Franklin Dining room at the Sheraton Hotel. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 2004. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos

Stuart Franklin, author of one of the most famous photographs of the twentieth century – the ‘tank man’ in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 1989, leads a two-day intensive masterclass for up to 20 photographers in Bilbao in collaboration with Blackkamera Centre.

During the workshop Stuart Franklin will present his research from the book “The Documentary Impulse”, reflecting on the history and future of documentary as well as his career to date. Stuart will work with participants to review and analyse their work, helping them to build and develop their personal documentary practice and portfolios.

Language: English with Spanish translation

Stuart Franklin Tolo, Peloponesse. Greece. 2006. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos

About Stuart Franklin

Photographer and educator Stuart Franklin was invited to join Magnum in 1985 and became a full member in 1989. It was during 1989 that Stuart took his acclaimed photographs in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, where a demonstration for freedom ended in a massacre. After that, he began to move away from news into magazine feature photography.

Between 1990 and 2004 he photographed about twenty stories for National Geographic Magazine. During this time, Stuart decided to pursue a better theoretical understanding of some of the issues he confronted, by embarking on a period of academic study in 1997. He graduated with a first class degree in Geography from Oxford University and went on to complete his doctoral thesis there in 2002, and in 2005 began to document Europe’s changing landscape.

Stuart Franklin Central Park. New York, USA. 1988. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos

About Blackkamera

BLACKKAMERA, was created in early 2012 by photography professor Josu Zaldibar. Drawing on his long history as a teacher, he has developed a series of pedagogic and practical workshops bringing the world of photography to the Basque Country.


€360 (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.

More information and applications here.