Stuart Franklin Ida Matysek, a local Bialowieza resident finishing breakfast. Poland. 1998. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos

Due to COVID-19, this year’s summer course will be held online. The core of the course remains the same: for 3 weeks, you will be asked to work on a photography project while attending lectures by Magnum photographers, LCC lecturers, artists and industry experts.

The work produced during the course will be published in a zine and screened online during a public live event with a Q&A.

All the information on the course can be found below, including details of a scholarship opportunity: 

Magnum and LCC Intensive Documentary Photography course is a unique three-week course led by award-winning Magnum photographers Stuart Franklin and Cristina de Middel as well as Max Houghton, course leader of MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC.

Now in its sixth year, this intensive 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, editing and sequencing, and the creation of a zine.

Throughout the duration of  the online course, we aim to build an atmosphere that resembles an artist residency, providing a safe space for creativity, experimentation, and personal development as students come together virtually.

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
• Professional Practice: 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
• 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.
Online 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.”

“I really enjoyed this course for many reasons but I think the two most important are the variety of speakers and the sense of community fostered between my classmates.”

Cristina de Middel From the series: Sharkification. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 2015. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos
Cristina de Middel Legba (Eshu) starting his journey to America from the beaches of Ouidah. From the series "Mindnight at the Crossroads". (Collaboration with Bruno Morais). Benin, 2016. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos

Where & When


4th – 25th August 2020
Monday to Sunday


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 20 applicants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Students are required to bring their own laptop and camera.


Magnum Photos and the London College of Communication are proud to offer one scholarship opportunity for a Black photographer based in the UK.

Applicants should show commitment, motivation and enthusiasm in pursuing a career in photography, regardless of age.

Applicants should be available from 4 August until 25 August, weekends included, and have access to a digital camera, a laptop and a steady Internet connection.

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 a pdf)
– a recent CV that includes your address

Applications for the scholarship are now closed. 

Applications should be sent to Sonia Jeunet at, and should clearly state the name of the applicant.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview on Wednesday 15 July.


Click here to register for this course.


For enquiries relating to this project please email Sonia Jeunet:

Stuart Franklin Embleton Bay, looking over Dunstanburgh Castle. Farne Islands, Great Britain, 2004. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos