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Patrick Zachmann A crowd in front of a Buddhist Temple during the Chinese New Year. Hong Kong, 1987. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

During this Eyes in Progress workshop, you will learn techniques in documentary photography under the guidance of Magnum photographer Patrick Zachmann.

Over the 4-day course, students will learn how to refine storytelling and story composition by analyzing real-situation problems, images analysis, editing and captions writing.  The course will support development and production of photographic projects from start to finish.

Most of all, the workshop with Patrick Zachmann aims to help you discover your own visual language as well as the practical and conceptual know-how in dealing with real situations, developing strong reportage in the process.

Patrick Zachmann The association "la Cravate Solidaire" which helps unemployed people by training them before recruiting meetings and providing them with clothes. Here, Issa, french senegalese, is searching for a j (...)
Patrick Zachmann | Malians Here and There Street scene. Town of Evry, Essonne, France. 1993. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

I believe that when one gains professional experience and artistic practice during several years, to pass on a little bit of know-how is a way to allow young photographers to get what one has taken and learnt from others.” — Patrick Zachmann

This will be a hands-on workshop with shooting sessions, individual assignments, daily group discussion and editing sessions. You’ll be expected to fully immerse yourself, take risks and push your boundaries in order to move forward into another level in your photography.

Patrick Zachmann Tiananmen square. City of Beijing. China. October 2006. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Group wedding, 300 couples coming from all over China. Yuanmingyuan, Old Summer Palace. Beijing. China. 2001. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

Biography

French (b. 1955), Patrick Zachmann has been a freelance photographer since 1976 and with Magnum Photos since 1985. He has dedicated himself to long-term projects on the cultural identity, memory and immigration of different communities. From 1982 to 1984, he worked both on a project on highway landscapes, backed by the French Ministry of Culture, and on the challenges of integration facing young immigrants in the northern neighborhoods of Marseilles.

In 1982, he also plunged into the violent world of the Neapolitan police and mafia – the Camorra – resulting in the publication of a book and a fictional text inspired by his cinematographic images.

In 1987, after working for seven years on a personal project about Jewish identity, Zachmann published his second book, Enquête d’Identité ou Un Juif à la recherche de sa mémoire (Inquest on Identity or a Jew in search of his memory). In 1989 his story on the events at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square was widely published in the international press. That year, his entire body of work was awarded the prestigious Prix Niepce.

Patrick Zachmann joined Magnum Photos in 1985.

Patrick Zachmann Train between Battambang and Phnom Penh. Young monk in train and passenger climbing to travel on the roof. Cambodia. 2002. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos