Past Workshop

Bookmaking Masterclass in Paris with Patrick Zachmann and Xavier Barral

Learn how to create a photobook and work with a publisher

Patrick Zachmann

Patrick Zachmann Shooting of the film "Liao Zhong Kai" by Tang Xiao Dan. The film is set in the 1920s. Shanghai. China. 1982. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

This masterclass offers immersion into the world of photobook making and into the relationship between photographer and publisher. Led by Magnum photographer Patrick Zachmann and the iconic publisher, Xavier Barral, participants will take part in an educational workshop exploring the different processes behind the creation of a photography book.

From the first steps of editing a project, the design of the book, the creation of a dummy copy, how to pitch to publishers and approach distribution — participants will conclude the workshop with the skills needed to create their own photobook.

On the first day, the two tutors will speak about their work, career and the photobook industry. This will be followed by a group discussion about the books that Patrick and Xavier have worked on together, Ma Proche Banlieue and So Long China, allowing participants to see original design processes and documentation of the books. The second day will be exclusively dedicated to the projects of the chosen candidates. Participants will have a chance to present their work to Patrick, Xavier and their peers for individual tuition in a collaborative group setting.

Where & When

Magnum Photos (Paris Office), Rue Hégésippe Moreau, Paris, 75018, France

April 21 – 22, 2018


This workshop will be held in French.


Early Bird: 380€ + VAT when applicable. Offer available until 20 March.
Standard: 420€ + VAT when applicable.

Terms and Conditions apply. Please see the bottom of this page for more information.

Selection and Requirements

Participation will be based on a competitive process. Applicants will be chosen on the strength of submitted portfolios and the perceived benefit to the photographer’s career. Participants will be instructed to bring physical prints with them to the workshop.


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Patrick Zachmann Singer Jiang Xin in her car, in San Li Tun. Beijing. China. 2001. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann The nightclub "Buenos Aires News." Buenos Aires. Argentina. 1997. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

About the Workshop Leaders

Patrick Zachmann

Patrick Zachmann (b. 1955) has been a freelance photographer since 1976. He has dedicated himself to long-term projects on the cultural identity, memory, and immigration of different communities. In 1989, his story on the events of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square was widely published in the international press and his work was awarded the prestigious Prix Niepce. Zachmann’s published books include Enquête d’Identité ou Un Juif à la recherche de sa mémoire (1987) and W. ou L’Œil d’un Long Nez (1995). Zachmann’s directed films include the short film, La Mémoire de Mon Père (My Father’s Memory), and the feature-length films Allers-retour: Journal d’un Photographe (Round trip: diary of a photographer) and Bar Centre des Autocars.

Xavier Barral

Éditions Xavier Barral, have been publishing books by contributors in the international art world since 2002. Each book is a unique object. The works of Josef Koudelka, Patrick Zachmann, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Martin Parr, Raymond Depardon, Jean Gaumy, Philippe Chancel, or those of Annette Messager, Sophie Calle, Daniel Buren, Thomas Hirschhorn, Fabienne Verdier, the stories of Pier Paolo Pasolini, or the worlds of David Lynch, William Kentridge or Watabe emerge as “book-objects” whose aesthetic, design and editorial choices take pride of place.

Patrick Zachmann Young "beurs", Second generation of North Africans based in France. "Cité Bassens". Northern district. Marseille. Bouches-du-Rhone. France. September 1984. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Young peasants from the People's Republic of China having been arrested while trying to illegally enter Hong Kong are transfered to a provisory detention center before being returned to the contine (...)

Detailed Schedule

Day 1

9:30 Presentation of the Magnum office and the history of Magnum’s books.
10:30–11:00 Brief presentation of each participant’s project to the group.
11:00–12:30 Patrick Zachmann’s talk.
12:30–14:00 Lunch Break.
14:00–15:30 Xavier Barral’s talk.
15:45–17:30  Group Discussion based around books published by Xavier Barral and Patrick Zachmann.

Day 2

10:00–13:30 & 14:30–18:00 – Group review of participant’s portfolios and discussion around next steps and personal strategy.

18:00–19:30: Masterclass wrap drinks.

Patrick Zachmann Ah Sai, former member of secret society Sun Yee On. Kowloon. Hong Kong. 1987. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

Terms and Conditions

  • You will be asked to submit a €100 application fee that will be credited towards your full tuition if you are accepted to the masterclass. If you are not accepted, your €100 fee will be returned minus a 5% processing charge.
  • Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel this event with less than 6 participants. Students will be given a full refund. In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least one week’s advance notice.
  • Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.
  • For International applicants, Magnum Photos is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is canceled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable tickets and/or travel insurance.
  • Refunds to applicants who wish to cancel their place on the workshop can only be given up to 14 days in advance of the date of the workshop. After this point, refunds cannot be issued.


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Patrick Zachmann "The Walled City", has been an enclave of the People’s Republic of China, where Hong Kong’s police, not being authorized to enter, allowed all kinds of dealers and their Triads to develop their bus (...)
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