Carl De Keyzer Foreign worshiper at the Church of the Life-Giving Trinity, Eastern Orthodox Church, Pyongyang. While the church is for foreigners living in Pyongyang, the priest is North Korean and studied at Mos (...)

"I want to question the images that are in our memory. There is always a double level in my work; what you see is true and at the same time not true."

- Carl De Keyzer

Magnum Photos in Switzerland is happy to announce a unique workshop led by Magnum photographer Carl de Keyzer in collaboration with photoSCHWEIZ19.

Learn how to create a coherent documentary project during an intensive workshop experience. Confronting the class with real shooting situations and honest feedback, Magnum photographer Carl de Keyzer will lead the group through technical and conceptual learnings to refine your storytelling skills. The workshop will provide participants with professional guidance on how to research, build, analyze, edit and shape a documentary project when working on a short assignment.

The three days will be split into different sessions: lectures and inspirational discussions, professional practice, reviews and shooting.

This workshop is Intended for enthusiasts, emerging and professional photographers. Participants will be given a shooting assignment and must come with equipment they are comfortable with and ready to use.

The program will open with an evening lecture from Carl de Keyzer. The program will end with a public projection of the work produced during the three days. Participants will spend the three days alongside de Keyzer, developing their visual language, photographic identity, and practical, technical and conceptual skills. The workshop will also offer professional practice sessions and support from Melody Gygax, Magnum Business Development Manager for Switzerland, and photography educator.


11.01.2019 Lecture
12.01.2019 – 14.01.2019 Workshop


Apply this workshop here,


For enquiries relating to this project please email Paul Merki at photoSCHWEIZ19 at

Carl De Keyzer Sancti Spiritus, Cuba from the book 'Cuba, La Lucha'. 2015. © Carl De Keyzer | Magnum Photos
Carl De Keyzer Ex Gulagh turn into a prison camp. Camp 27. Krasnoyarsk. Siberia, Russia. from Project "Zona". 2000. © Carl De Keyzer | Magnum Photos
Carl De Keyzer 50th anniversary (app. 400.000 bikers in a small town) of the bike week. Biker belong to a religious group named " The son of god". Daytona Beach, USA. 1990. © Carl De Keyzer | Magnum Photos

Carl De Keyzer

Carl De Keyzer started his career as a freelance photographer in 1982 while supporting himself as a photography instructor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. At the same time, his interest in the work of other photographers led him to co-found and co-direct the XYZ-Photography Gallery. A Magnum nominee in 1990, he became a full member in 1994.

De Keyzer, who has exhibited his work regularly in European galleries, is the recipient of a large number of awards including the Book Award from the Arles Festival, the W. Eugene Smith Award (1990) and the Kodak Award (1992).

De Keyzer likes to tackle large-scale projects and general themes. A basic premise in much of his work is that, in overpopulated communities everywhere, disaster has already struck, and infrastructures are on the verge of collapse. His style is not dependent on isolated images; instead, he prefers an accumulation of images which interact with text (often taken from his travel diaries). In a series of large tableaux, he has covered India, the collapse of the Soviet Union and – more recently – modern-day power and politics.

Terms and Conditions

• Magnum and photoSCHWEIZ19 reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 8 participants. Students will be given a full refund. In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least 2 weeks advance notice.
• Magnum Photos and photoSCHWEIZ19 reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised
• For International applicants, Magnum Photos and photoSCHWEIZ19 are not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is cancelled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable tickets and/or travel insurance