Magnum Learn Live: Online Short Course with Bieke Depoorter and Jonas Bendiksen
Join Magnum photographers Bieke Depoorter and Jonas Bendiksen as well as renowned industry professionals for an online short course on documentary photography
Magnum Photos is proud to present its first interactive online short course led by Jonas Bendiksen and Bieke Depoorter. This course will equip you to successfully research, fund and photograph a documentary project. We will guide you through the complex editing process and the photographers will share insights of their own practise. Small assignments will be given to participants throughout the course.
This course combines teachings on documentary photography by Bendiksen and Depoorter with aspects of our successful professional practice workshops developed over the past seven years. We will create an informal and supportive space where participants can focus on their personal photographic development while Magnum Staff will offer behind-the-scenes tips and practical advice on how to work and succeed in their area of expertise.
The sessions will include lectures on how to develop a story, practical exercises on editing, writing and guidance on how to get funding.
If you have an incomplete project, an unedited archive, or you are about to embark on a project but are not sure where to start, then this course is for you.
Jonas Bendiksen and Bieke Depoorter, and Magnum Photos staff, will personally support each participant throughout the class offering weekly lectures, one-to-ones and creative exercises.
One of the most valuable aspects of our live workshops are the bonds created between students – some have gone on to collaborate together on projects, started photography collectives, or simply made new friends. This is something we want to replicate online, where each of you will have the chance to introduce yourself and your work to your fellow students, and organise regular online hangouts to allow participants to share and support each other.
At the end of the course, an online slideshow showcasing the participants’ work will be made accessible on the Magnum website.
This workshop offers:
• Lectures, one-to-ones, creative exercises from Magnum photographers.
• Practical advice and lectures from Magnum Staff
• Group portfolio reviews
• Individual portfolio reviews
• Lessons on editing, research and funding
• Your work featured on the Magnum website at the end of the course
Where & When:
11th June – 10th July – 1 to 2 days per week
The course is based in Europe, however, timings for sessions will be confirmed in accordance with applicants’ timezones.
Final seats available!
Times given are UK Time
JUNE 11, Thursday, 2 pm – 6 pm: Shannon Ghannam (Global Education Director) will introduce the course. Participants will get a photography industry overview, advice on ideas development inspired by Magnum projects and advice for emerging photographers.
JUNE 12, Friday, 4 pm – 6 pm: Amber Terranova (Education Director, Americas) will deliver a lecture on how to best prepare your portfolio. Participants will be assigned with a task to prepare a project idea and portfolio presentation for Bieke Depoorter and Jonas Bendiksen.
JUNE 17, Wednesday, 2 pm – 7 pm: Participants present portfolio and project ideas to Bieke Depoorter and Jonas Bendiksen followed by a group discussion feedback and planning.
JUNE 18, Wednesday, 2 pm – 5 pm: Lectures with Bieke Depoorter and Jonas Bendiksen followed by Q&A.
JUNE 23, Tuesday, 2 pm – 7 pm: Group Critique with Bieke Depoorter and Jonas Bendiksen. Participants continue to shoot their ongoing projects.
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED: Participants invited to Magnum AGM Online Party and Special Programming.
JULY 1, Wednesday, 2 pm – 7 pm: Group Critique with Bieke Depoorter and Jonas Bendiksen. Participants continue to shoot their ongoing projects.
JULY 2, Thursday, 2 pm – 4 pm: Magnum Staff delivers lectures on pitching your work to editorial and commercial clients and
using social media to promote your photography.
JULY 8, Wednesday, 2 pm – 6 pm: Editing session with Bieke Depoorter and Jonas Bendiksen.
JULY 9, Thursday, 2 pm – 6 pm: Editing session with Bieke Depoorter and Jonas Bendiksen.
JULY 10, Friday, 2 pm – 7 pm: Presentation of finished work to an industry panel and Magnum staff for feedback followed by an Online Cocktail party to celebrate the end of the course.
Times given are UK Time.
The workshop will be held in English.
£1,850 (incl. VAT)
Terms and Conditions apply.
See the bottom of this page for more details.
Selection and Requirements:
The short course is open to 10 applicants and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Click here to register for this workshop.
Jonas Bendiksen’s sharply evocative images explore themes of community, faith and identity with unsparing honesty. He has made major bodies of work all over the world, at the same time as he always also photographs the daily rhythms of life at home. As well as many critically acclaimed long-form projects he has also produced significant work for many commercial and editorial clients.
Bendiksen was born in Norway in 1977. He began his career at the age of 19 as an intern at Magnum’s London office, before leaving for Russia to pursue his own work as a photojournalist. Throughout the several years he spent there, Bendiksen photographed stories from the fringes of the former Soviet Union, a project that was published as the book Satellites (2006).
His editorial clients include magazines such as National Geographic, Stern, TIME, Newsweek, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Guardian Weekend. On the commercial side, he has done projects for HSBC, Canon, FUJI, BCG, Red Bull and Land Rover.
Bendiksen became a nominee of Magnum Photos in 2004 and a member in 2008. He lives with his wife and three children outside Oslo, Norway.
Bieke Depoorter (°1986, Belgium) received a master’s degree in photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent in 2009. Three years later, when just 25 years old, she was made a nominee of Magnum Photos, of which she was named a full member in 2016. Depoorter has won several awards and honors, including the Magnum Expression Award, The Larry Sultan award and the Prix Levallois. She has published four books: Ou Menya, I am About to Call it a Day, As it May Be, and Sète#15. She worked together with Aperture, Editions Xavier Barral, Edition Patrick Frey, Lannoo, Hannibal and Le bec en l’air to publish these books.
The relationships Depoorter establishes with the subjects of her photographs lie at the foundation of her artistic practice. Accidental encounters are the starting point, and how these interactions naturally develop dictates the nature of Depoorter’s work. But several recent projects have been the result of Depoorter questioning the medium. In As it May Be, she gradually became more aware of her status as an outsider, both culturally and as a photographer. So, in 2017, she revisited Egypt with the first draft of the book, inviting people to write comments directly onto the photographs. In Sète#15, and also Dvalemodus, a short film she co-directed, she began to see her subjects as actors. Although she portrayed them in their true environments, she tried to project her own story onto the scenes, fictionalizing the realities of her subjects in a way that blurred the lines between their world and hers.
In the ongoing project Agata, a project about a young women Depoorter met at a striptease bar in Paris in October 2017, she explores her interest in collaborative portraiture. It’s an example of Depoorter’s interest in finding people that can work with her in telling a story. These stories are always partially hers, and partially theirs.
Terms and Conditions:
• Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 15 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
• Cancellations: Magnum will reimburse the totality of the ticket price if cancellation is made at least 15 days before the start of the workshop, minus a £50 administrative fee. We will charge 50% of the ticket price if cancellation is made between 15 and 10 days before the workshop and 100% of the ticket price if cancellation is made less than 10 days before the start of the workshop.