Past Workshop

Intimate Storytelling Masterclass with Bieke Depoorter

A five-day masterclass on personal storytelling with Bieke Depoorter in Beijing, China.

Bieke Depoorter

Bieke Depoorter Agata. Beirut, Lebanon. August 3, 2018. © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos

Join Magnum photographer Bieke Depoorter for a five-day masterclass on personal storytelling with photography presented in partnership with Light Society, Beijing.

Bieke Depoorter is a photographer who works intimately with her subjects, forming strong bonds or relationships often after chance encounters. She has also produced many projects that question the medium and her position as an outsider, both culturally and as a photographer.


"Photography guides me into the routes where I can stay amazed

- Bieke Depoorter

Throughout this workshop, you will consider the relationship between photographer and subject, and under Depoorter’s tutelage you will produce new work that tells an intimate or personal story. Participants will take part in group portfolio reviews, discussions and debates, shooting assignments and exploration of Beijing.

During this workshop you will:

• Create new work under the tutelage of Bieke Depoorter
• Participate in group reviews and peer-to-peer discussions
• Recieve personal guidance and support
• Get a better understanding on how to find a personal vision and style
• Learn how to tell an intimate story working with a subject

Bieke Depoorter Cairo. Egypt. March 2012. (Translation of the written text below) - ls she dreaming? - I love you. - I am the one in the picture. - I wish that I was in the picture. - Me and you together. (...)
Bieke Depoorter Al-Gharbiya. Al-Mahalla al-Kubra. Egypt. November 2015. (Translation of the written text below) - You can stay with me no problem, a day, a week, a month. But taking pictures: no. - Sometimes a (...)

Where & When

Beijing Light Society Art Centre, Shunyi District, Beijing

16th until 20th of August 2019

From 9 to 5pm everyday.


The course will be taught in English, translator available for Chinese language.


¥12000 per participant

Selection and Requirements

The workshop is open to 12 applicants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


To apply, please email:

Bieke Depoorter Agata. Paris. France November 2, 2017. © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos
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