Chien-Chi Chang A newly arrived immigrant eats noodles on a fire escape. New York City, USA. 1998. © Chien-Chi Chang | Magnum Photos

Part of the Magnum 70th anniversary program in Hong Kong, this workshop focuses on building a long-term documentary project.

Intended for photographers wishing to broaden their visual perspective and push the boundaries of their personal development, the workshop will elevate the professional standard of both local and international photographers, under the guidance of Magnum’s renowned, contemporary practitioner Chien-Chi Chang.
From September 29th to October 3rd, 2017, Chien-Chi Chang will lead an exclusive group through a daily program of shooting, reviews, group critiques, mentoring, editing sessions and the opportunity to learn amongst peers. Candidates will develop their visual language and photographic identity, along with practical, technical and conceptual skills, and the expertise required to compete in a changing marketplace.

Participants will also be asked to approach a photographic story in Hong Kong and its surrounding area, either relating to previous works or interests, or exploring an opportunity to work under a new discipline. Magnum’s photographers will help students discover how they can improve their own photography and editing, rather than impose their own photographic style.
During the course of the workshop, Chien-Chi Chang will lead a public talk at Fine Art Asia 2017 on October 2nd – More details on content and how to register to the talk to be published soon (Workshop’s participants will be automatically registered).

This program is organized thanks to the generous support of Asia One Communications Group, Boogie Woogie Photography and Fine Art Asia.

More information on the Magnum 70th anniversary events can be found here.

Chien-Chi Chang A bride in Taipei bids farewell to her mother and aunt. Taiwan. 1998 © Chien-Chi Chang | Magnum Photos

The Event

“The workshop goal is to teach/guide a long-term documentary project and all the practices and processes behind it. In each long-term project, there is the research, the method, the motivation, the discipline, the fatigue, the fear of failure, the challenge and the renewed challenge. The intensive workshop is aimed for professionals and/or serious photography enthusiasts.

During the course of the workshop, participants are expected to photograph on a daily basis and be intensively critiqued daily. In addition, there will be visual exercises, editing exercises, and later audio and moving images will be introduced and incorporated to make multimedia for those who are interested in making multimedia. To recap, it is to define and sharpen one’s own vision, heighten one’s own story telling skill with one’s own motivation and method.” – Chien-Chi Chang

The event will take place at Asia One Communications Group, 13/F, Asia One Tower, 8 Fung Yip Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong.

Apply here.

Chien-Chi Chang Vienna International Airport. Austria. 2010. © Chien-Chi Chang | Magnum Photos

Chien-Chi Chang

In his work, Chien-Chi Chang makes manifest the abstract concepts of alienation and connection. The Chain a collection of portraits made in a mental asylum in Taiwan, caused a sensation when it was shown at La Biennale di Venezia (2001) and the Bienal de Sao Paolo (2002). The life-sized photographs of pairs of patients literally chained together resonate with Chang’s jaundiced look at the less visible bonds of marriage. He has treated marital ties in two books—I do I do I do (2001), a collection of images depicting alienated grooms and brides in Taiwan, and in Double Happiness (2005), a brutal depiction of the business of selling brides in Vietnam.

The ties of family and of culture are also the themes of an ambitious project begun in 1992. For 20 years, Chang has photographed the bifurcated lives of Chinese immigrants in New York’s Chinatown, along with those of their wives and families back home in Fujian. A work in progress, China Town was hung at the National Museum of Singapore in 2008 as part of a mid-career survey, Doubleness.

Chang’s investigation of the ties that bind one person to another draws on his own deeply divided immigrant experience. Born in Taiwan in 1961, Chang studied at Soochow University (B.A. 1984) and at Indiana University (M.S. 1990). Chang joined Magnum in 1995 and became a full member in 2001.

Chien-Chi Chang Falun Gong adherents demonstrate in the "Designated Public Activity Area" in Hong Kong during the Fortune Global Forum. Hong Kong, China. 2001. © Chien-Chi Chang | Magnum Photos


Asia One Communications Group takes pride in its Hong Kong roots – roots which include both private and local ownership. Throughout 18 years, the Group has followed a clear, consistent strategy that has made it one of the region’s premier sources of printing expertise, creativity, and communications related services.

In the 18 years since its founding, Asia One has grown to mean many things to many people. To some, it is relied upon as one of Hong Kong’s most advanced and efficient printers of books, magazines, corporate and government literature – the core expertise upon which the company was established in 1997. To others, Asia One is a vital source of creative design, editorial, translation and publishing expertise; and to still others, marketing consultation, premium sourcing, photographic imaging, photographic book retailing, and even art exhibition.

Chien-Chi Chang A lone dancer who belongs to a dance troupe in Taipei performs in the street as a demonstration to the city government, which decided to demolish their run down dance studio to build a high-rise o (...)

Tuition fees

Early bird tickets £1400 (applications received before August 1st, 2017) and £1500 for normal tickets.

All fees must be paid within 7 days of acceptance or you will forfeit your space. This does not include photo developing, post-production, travel, accommodations or meals. Refund policies will be emailed with acceptance letter.
– If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, it must be confirmed in writing:
Magnum Photos will reimburse all the registration costs except for £100 administrative 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 9 and 21 days before the workshop commences.
. 100% of the cost if cancelled less than 9 days before the workshop commences.
. 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 recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.

Chien-Chi Chang Decorating a honeymoon suite for a newlywed couple. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 2003. © Chien-Chi Chang | Magnum Photos

Travel and 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.



Click to here to apply.
Upon submitting your online application you will be transferred to Paypal where you must submit a £100 application fee. This will be applied to your tuition fee invoice if you are accepted onto the workshop. The fee will be fully refunded, minus Paypal fees, if you are NOT accepted into the workshop. Applications without a fee will not be processed.

The deadline for acceptance is August 20th, and qualified applicants will be selected through a combination of the merit of their work and their personal statement, and the order of their application’s receipt.

All applications received after the deadline will be reviewed, space permitting.
Successful applicants will be informed via email on August 30th. Full payment should be received by September 3rd to fully confirm your place.

Please note: Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 10 participants. Students will be given either a full refund or offered a place with an alternative photographer. In the event of a cancellation, students will be given at least 10 days advance notice.

Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.
For queries please contact Colin Lau, Magnum Educational activities coordinator:

Chien-Chi Chang A martial arts group performing the Lion Dance during Chinese New Year. Sunset Park, the third Chinatown in New York City. Brooklyn, New York, USA. 1993. © Chien-Chi Chang | Magnum Photos
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