Stuart Franklin Arctic terns on Brownsman Island. Farne Islands. England. Great Britain. 2004. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos

Apply now for this unique three-week course led by award-winning Magnum photographer Stuart Franklin and Max Houghton, course leader of MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC.

Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins and Magnum nominee Rafal Milach will also provide additional tutorials.

Now in its fifth year, this course will equip students with the historical and contextual framework required for critical thinking around documentary photography, and offers technical guidance and tutorial support. Focusing on how to develop a personal project and an authentic voice, you will explore and define your individual approach to documentary photography and consider all elements of successful project development: from research, to access and shooting, to the editing and creation of a zine and public projection.

Other tutors and lecturers include: Mark Power (Magnum photographer), Sim Chi Yin (Magnum nominee) Jennifer Goods (Writer and Lecturer, LCC), Corinne Silva (Lecturer, LCC), Ramon Pez (Book Designer and Art Director), Gemme Fletcher (Art Director).

The course will culminate with a 3-day zine making workshop led by Magnum nominee Rafal Milach.

“People who sign up to a course like this one should expect a lot, but not miracles. It is three weeks out of your lives, not too much, but the idea is to shake you up, make you question your assumptions, expose you to different opinions, learn from each other, not just the tutors and go beyond your comfort zone. Hopefully what you learn will stay with you longer than the three weeks, and I was delighted to hear that three of last year’s students had gone off traveling together. We can help you to drive better, then it is up to you to find the road you have to travel.” – Chris Steele-Perkins, Magnum photographer

This course covers:

• 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?
• Practical assignments and on location shooting
• Magnum Print Room: during weekend sessions, you will learn tips and tricks to navigate and demystify the photography business, offering career development and networking opportunities
• Lectures led by Magnum photographers and staff, industry experts and LCC faculty
• Museum visit: learn about the V&A Museum photography collection, through a tour with the curator
• Critique: individually and in groups with a focus on technique, subject and personal voice
• Editing and production: learn how editing, sequencing and design can reveal narrative and meaning
• How to present and pitch your work to clients
• Advice surgery with Magnum staff
• Zine workshop: design, print and make your own zine from the work shot over the three-week period.
• Graduation party: celebrate and display work digitally during a public screening. Selected alumni may have their work featured on the Magnum Website and Magnum Learn Instagram account

Feedback from previous participants:

“Incredible, worth every penny – I grew both as a photographer and personally as well.”

“The speakers were excellent. I felt like we were getting the best information from the best people in the field. I was blown away by the curriculum and I learned so much.”

Chris Steele-Perkins Scarecrows being stored. Japan. © Chris Steele-Perkins | Magnum Photos
Chris Steele-Perkins Road works and Fuji near Kawaguchiko. I stopped at some road works at night and Fuji was visible. I made a 4 minutes exposure and the flashing red lights combined with the green fluorescent light o (...)

Where and When

London College of Communication
1st – 21st August 2019, 10am to 6pm

Monday – Sunday with a programme of evening events


The workshop will be held in English


£3,300 (incl. VAT). Terms and Conditions apply.

Payments in two instalments made over a 3-month period are possible. Please contact short courses at for more information.

Selection and Requirements

This course is open to 22 applicants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Students are required to bring their own laptop and camera


This course is now fully booked.


Magnum Photos and the London College of Communication are proud to offer one scholarship opportunity for an emerging photographer from London. Thanks to Fujifilm UK, we can provide the successful applicant with a camera for the duration of the course.

Applicants should be from or currently living in London and should show commitment, motivation and enthusiasm in pursuing a career in photography. This scholarship is open to anyone who considers themselves to be an emerging photographer regardless of age.

Applicants should be available from the August 1 until the August 21, weekends included.

Your application should include:
– a motivation letter explaining your interest in photography, why you want to join the course and how you would benefit from it.
– a portfolio of no more than 20 images (as jpegs or pdf)
– a recent CV that includes your address

Deadline to apply: Sunday 14 July, 23:59.
Applications should be sent to Sonia Jeunet, and should clearly state the name of the applicant.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to a phone interview on Wednesday 17 July.

We encourage people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, people from black, Asian or minority ethnic background and those from the LGBTQ+ community to apply.


For enquiries relating to this project please email Sonia Jeunet:

Stuart Franklin Tien An Men Square. 'The Tank Man' stopping the column of T59 tanks. Beijing. China. 4th June 1989. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos
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