Past Workshop

Magnum and BJP Professional Practice Series: Commercial Projects

Learn how to work with commercial clients in this insightful workshop

Jonas Bendiksen

Jonas Bendiksen Aerial overlooking the glaciated mountains near Mt. Everest. Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal. 2009. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos and the British Journal of Photography are proud to announce the next Professional Practice workshop in our series: “Commercial Projects: How to approach and retain commercial clients.”

Learn how to define a personal vision for your commercial work, create a portfolio, improve your creative pitch, build your audience and work with an agent or creative director, over the course of two days.

Speakers include Jonas Bendiksen (Magnum Photographer), Tim Paton (Global Head of Commercial Assignments, Magnum Photos), Phil Rylance (Art Director, JWT) and Sarah Thomson (Head of Art Production at 1Unilever).

These two-day photographic masterclasses offer participants the chance to learn from Magnum photographers as well as a diverse mix of industry leaders. Each workshop will focus on demystifying an aspect of the industry, establishing a professional network of contacts, understanding the requirements of the market and identifying realistic routes into photographic employment. This unique program offers highly valuable training opportunities for early & mid-career photographers.

The first day will focus on lectures from speakers about their specific area of expertise, giving behind-the-scenes tips and practical advice on how to survive and thrive in a highly competitive landscape. The second day of portfolio reviews, with speakers, will provide photographers with an honest and constructive critique of existing work. An informal drinks reception is optional on both days to allow for further networking.

Jonas Bendiksen Crows circle a statue of Lenin in front of the Supreme Soviet building. Transdniester is in many ways one of the last bastions of communist nostalgia in the former USSR. Transdniester, Moldova. 2004. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos
Jonas Bendiksen The Barcode neighborhood of Oslo. Norway. 2016. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos

Where & When

Magnum Print Room, 63 Gee Street, London, EC1V 3RS

Sat 28 & Sun 29 April, 2018.

Running time for both days: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.


This workshop will be held in English.


Early Bird Offer: £250 (+VAT) per workshop before 31st of March, 2018.

Standard Price: £290 (+VAT) per workshop from 1st of April.

Terms and Conditions apply. See the bottom of this page for more information.

Selection & Requirements

Each workshop is open to 40 applicants and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Click here to register for this workshop.

Jonas Bendiksen People sailing out on the Black Sea. Gagra, Abkhazia. Georgia. 2005. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos
Jonas Bendiksen The famous Trollstigen road, a series of switchbacks winding its way through a steep cliffside near Åndalsnes. Trollstigen, Norway. 2016. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos

Other Upcoming Classes

Personal Projects: How to finance and distribute stories that matter to you

Sat 21 & Sun 22 July 2018

Learn how to balance your personal and professional work, how to earn your living as a photographer, how to do your research and become an expert in your field, to master the art of the interview, to fund personal projects and how to disseminate/distribute your completed project.

Apply for the workshop here.


NGOs, Social Practice and Advocacy: How to use storytelling for social change

Sat 24 & Sun 25 November 2018

Learn ethics and charity in photography, how to engage in participatory practices and social engagement, how to perform portrait photography, how to get assignments, how to stand out from clichés.

Apply for the workshop here.

For further information contact Brodie Standen:

Magnum Group © Magnum Group | Magnum Photos

Terms & Conditions

  • All fees must be paid on application.
  • Payments from UK based applicants are subject to VAT.
  • Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 25 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 reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.
  • For international applicants, Magnum Photos is 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.
  • Refunds to applicants who wish to cancel their place on the workshop can only be given up to 21 days in advance of the date of the workshop. After this point, refunds cannot be issued.
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