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Patrick Zachmann Ali Ghommidh, 19, is posing in front of the boat which was supposed to take around one hundred illegal immigrants, including him, one week ago, but broke down and was finally rescued by the Tunisia (...)


Learn and develop your understanding of how to build a documentary reportage by covering a story in guidance with Patrick Zachmann. Advance your storytelling skills by analyzing real life situations, studying picture compositions, editing and creating strong caption structures. This workshop will allow you to grasp how to position yourself between the subject and the photographer, and whilst considering framing and your subject. Patrick Zachmann will dedicate time to assiting you with your images, content, shape and teaching the importance to editing. Most of all, the workshop with Patrick Zachmann will help you discover your own visual language as well as practical and conceptual know how to confront real situation reportage making.

This will be a hands on workshop with shooting sessions, individual assignments, daily group discussion and editing sessions. You will 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 A group of Chinese watching "the Long Nose", a term which refers to all westerners, including the photographer . Beijing, China. 1982. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Village of Troula. The nap of the men. Region of Kayes. Mali. 1993. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

Day 1:

Patrick Zachmann will spend time talking about his own work and the different projects he has worked on. He will then share his photographic references with the group and discuss the challenges of being a working photographer.
Each participant will receive and in-depth critique of their work which will also be used as a jumping board for workshop assignments. Participants are highly encouraged to come to the workshop with defined ideas on the subject they wish to photograph during the workshop. However, a session will be devoted to refining each participant’s story and a list of suggestions of projects will be provided by Eyes in Progress a few weeks before the workshop.

Days 2 & 3:

Each day begins with a masterclass session where Patrick Zachmann will focus on a certain aspect of his work. The group will then progress to portfolios and project reviews were you can get in depth feedback with Patrick Zachman about your projects and work in progress. Each participant will then shoot his or her own project where you will receive help with directions, contacts and translation in required. The days will then end with shooting feedback and potential improvement suggestions by working through the images that were taken and seeing the results from individual developing photographic styles.

"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

Day 4:

Final portfolio editing
The workshop will then end with each participant working on a large edit of their images, which will then be printed and laid down on a table (10×15 format) for group viewing. The final editing is made during a one-to-one session with Patrick Zachmann, the other participants are encouraged to attend the sessions of the others. Once the final edit is done, the participants can work on the post-process and captions. They will then need to write a personal statement on the work and on themselves, which will be send to the photography expert of their choice.

Teaching language: English.

Workshop hours are from 9:30am-17:00pm

Please apply here.


Patrick Zachmann Seoul at night. Red light district of Itaewon. South Korea. 2004. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos