Matt Stuart Oxford Street. London, England, Great Britain. 2004. © Matt Stuart | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos Tokyo is pleased to announce its second international workshop in Kyoto in collaboration with Leica Store Kyoto. Aimed at photographers wishing to broaden their perspectives and push the boundaries of their personal development, the Magnum Kyoto workshop will elevate the professional standard of both regional and international photographers. Participants will be expected to explore the city and shoot what interest them. The workshop will take place in the Kyoto Leica Store, situated in a 100-year-old townhouse in Gion, a district that is awash in tradition.

Matt Stuart Oxford Street. London, England, Great Britain. 2010. © Matt Stuart | Magnum Photos
Matt Stuart Trafalgar Square. London, England, Great Britain. 2004. © Matt Stuart | Magnum Photos

This workshop is not about learning new technical skills, but rather improving each student’s own unique photographic vision. Candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment, ready to work, and with a sufficient fluency in the English language, as this workshop will be taught in English.

Due to the fast pace of the workshop, Magnum highly recommends that participants produce and edit their work digitally, using their own laptops. Individuals wishing to use film may do so, but at their own cost and during the time imposed. We also recommend participants to arrive with one realistic project idea they wish to develop during the workshop, and that preliminary research be conducted before the workshop begins.

Matt Stuart New Bond Street. London, England, Great Britain. 2006. © Matt Stuart | Magnum Photos

The five-day workshop, will lead a total of up to 13 International and Japanese participants through an intense program of shooting, critiquing and editing.

Participants will work with their tutor to create an edit to be shown in the culminating workshop projection at the Leica store Kyoto on the last day in the evening. This will be followed by a presentation by Matt Stuart. (Event open to the public)

Apply to the workshop here

This workshop is sponsored by Leica camera Japan.

Matt Stuart Oxford Circus. London, England, Great Britain. 2015. © Matt Stuart | Magnum Photos

Fees and Policies

Tuition for the workshop is 150,000 yen (including tax).

Qualified applicants will be selected through a combination of the merit of their work and their personal statement, and in the order of the application received.

The final deadline for application has been extended to Monday, September 4th 2017.

Apply here

Matt Stuart Oxford Street. London, England, Great Britain. 2010. © Matt Stuart | Magnum Photos
Matt Stuart Covent Garden. London, England, Great Britain. 2010. © Matt Stuart | Magnum Photos

Travel & 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.

For any queries please feel free to contact Chloe Jafe in Tokyo:


Matt Stuart Needham Road. London, England, Great Britain. 2005. © Matt Stuart | Magnum Photos

*Please note: Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 8 participants. Students will be given a full refund. In the event of a cancellation, students will be given 10 days in advance notice. Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.

– If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, this must be confirmed in writing:

. Magnum Photos will reimburse all the registration costs except for 10,000 administration 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 20 days before the workshop commences.
. 100% of the cost if cancelled less than 5 days before the workshop starts.
. 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 highly recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.

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