Chris Steele-Perkins New British. Joe Arojojoye, his mother Adebimpe Ogunmokun and brother Michael Ashaolu. From Nigeria. London, England. Great Britain. 2014 © Chris Steele-Perkins | Magnum Photos

We are excited to announce the details of the latest Magnum Intensive Documentary Photography Course: in association with London College of Communication. The course will run over the entire month of August in London, led by Magnum photographers Stuart Franklin and Chris Steele-Perkins, as well by course leader of MA Photojournalism and Documentary photography Max Houghton. Guest speakers include other Magnum Photographers, LCC tutors and industry experts.

During this three-week course, students will become absorbed in the practice and history of documentary photography and Magnum’s and LCC’s legacy and contemporary contribution to it. The course will support development and production of an in depth photographic project from start to finish.

Magnum & LCC will equip students with the historical and contextual framework required for critical thinking around documentary photography, as well as providing technical guidance and tutorial support. The experience of joining the Magnum LCC Documentary Photography Course will be a unique and positive learning experience, allowing students to network with industry professionals as well as interact and share ideas with peers.

Chris Steele-Perkins Adam and Eve pub in Hackney. London, England. Great Britain. 1976. © Chris Steele-Perkins | Magnum Photos
Stuart Franklin 'The Tank Man' Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. 4th June 1989. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos is an agency synonymous with integrity, curiosity and ‘concerned’ photography. Celebrating our 70th anniversary in 2017, Magnum’s international photographers have chronicled the world; helping to shape documentary photography as a modern form of both artistic expression and a tool for change. As a modern agency, the current preoccupation is focused on the role of authorship in an image-saturated world. In conjunction with Magnum’s historic archive, a new means of culturally relevant production is being explored, leading to a greater dialogue with the wider market, expanded platforms and emerging geographies. With seven decades of experience and with access to world-leading photographers and industry professionals, Magnum Photos is committed in the transfer of its accumulated knowledge to a new generation of visual storytellers.

LCC’s reputation for documentary photography is second to none in the UK. Year after year, graduates from MAPJD find international success in prizes, awards and grants. Three alumni – Kazuma Obara, Michael Vince Kim and Mathieu Willcocks –have won World Press Photo prizes in the last two years. With a focus on context, text and audience, as well as the image itself, experienced tutors and practitioners will help you find the best way to tell the stories that matter to you.

Chris Steele-Perkins Photo cutout with theatre crowd. Akasuka, Tokyo, Japan. 2009. © Chris Steele-Perkins | Magnum Photos

Course contents

The course will consist of these main elements:

• How to devise and research a photographic project. What makes a good idea and how visual storytelling can be employed to best articulate a concept?
• Shooting on location – daily assignments and briefs in London
• Magnum Print Room – you will learn during a weekend tips and tricks to navigate and demystify the photography business, offering career development and networking
• Lectures – led by Magnum photographers and staff, industry experts and LCC staff
• Museum visits – learn about national photography collections, including the V&A Museum, through tours with curators
• Critique – individually and in groups, looking at technique, subject and personal voice
• Editing and production – learning how editing, sequencing and design can reveal narrative
• Learning how to present and pitch your work
• Graduation party –celebrate and display work digitally to a public and industry audience

Course outcomes

The learning outcomes connected to the course are:
• Create an industry standard and academically informed body of photographic work
• Have unique insight into the history of documentary photography and Magnum
• Engage in critical debates on ethics, industry and technology in contemporary photographic practice
• Continue developing essential skills in writing, editing and making work for different audiences

Course location: London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB
Course dates: 02/08/2017 – 22/08/2017
Monday – Friday, with a programme of evening lectures.
Intensive full-time schedule, exact timings TBC.
Course fee: £3000

Enroll here

For any queries, please contact
or call +44 (0)207 490 9713

Stuart Franklin Cyclists in the rain. Shanghai, China. 1993 © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos