Stuart Franklin Tiananmen Square. Beijing, China. 1989 © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos

From May 19th to 21st, 2017, Stuart Franklin will give the opportunity to 15 international participants to benefit from his advice and experience in the intimate atmosphere of the Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery.

Through a daily program of reviews, group critiques, mentoring and editing sessions, participants will develop their own visual language and ability to tell a story visually.

At the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of documentary photography theory and practice.

Participants will automatically be offered reserved spaces for the exclusive Magnum Photos talk on May 20th at the Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery.

This event is the second of the annual program held in Hong Kong. This program is organized thanks to the generous support of Jet Airways, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Boogie Woogie Photography and Fine Art Asia.

Stuart Franklin Møre og Romsdal. Norway. 2010. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos

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 Golf caddies take a break at the L'Amiti hotel. Bamako, Mali. 2005 © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos
Stuart Franklin Runners preparing for the Olympic Games. Running through the Kaptagat Forest. Iten, Kenya. 2016. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos

Tuition fees

Early bird tickets £650 (applications received before April 10th, 2017) and £700 for normal tickets (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. This does not include photo developing, post-production, travel, accommodations or meals. Refund policies will be emailed with acceptance letter.
– If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, it must be confirmed in writing:
Magnum Photos will reimburse all the registration costs except for £100 administrative fee, if the participant informs Magnum Photos of cancellation at least 3 weeks before the first day of the workshop. Beyond this time limit, Magnum Photos will charge the following:
. 50% of the cost if cancelled between 6 and 21 days before the workshop commences.
. 100% of the cost if cancelled less than 5 days before the workshop commences.
. All workshops that are commenced but not completed through the fault of either the contractor/or participant need to be paid in full.

Magnum Photos is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is cancelled. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.

Travel and Accommodation

Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation; a list of suitable accommodation options will be provided to successful candidates.

Please ensure you have the necessary travel documents & relevant visas in order to attend the event. Magnum Photos can provide letters of support where necessary.

Stuart Franklin GREECE. Peloponesse. Tolo. 2006. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos


Upon submitting your online application you will be transferred to Paypal where you must submit a £100 application fee. This will be applied to your tuition fee invoice if you are accepted onto the workshop. The fee will be fully refunded, minus Paypal fees, if you are NOT accepted into the workshop. Applications without a fee will not be processed.

The deadline for acceptance is April 30th, and qualified applicants will be selected through a combination of the merit of their work and their personal statement, and the order of their application’s receipt.

All applications received after the deadline will be reviewed, space permitting.
Successful applicants will be informed via email on May 1st. Full payment should be received by May 4th to fully confirm your place.

Please note: Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 10 participants. Students will be given either a full refund or offered a place with an alternative photographer. In the event of a cancellation, students will be given at least 10 days advance notice.

Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.
For queries please contact Colin Lau, Magnum Educational activities coordinator on:

Click here to apply.

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