Past Workshop

Magnum Masterclass with Jim Goldberg and Alessandra Sanguinetti

Photographers Alessandra Sanguinetti and Jim Goldberg to host a 3-day Magnum Masterclass at London's Barbican Centre

Alessandra Sanguinetti Broken Horse. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2000. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti The Necklace. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1999. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti Alora. Black River Falls, Wisconsin, USA.. 2014. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti Hydrangeas. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1999. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg "Eropa." A former fisherman whose livelihood has been destroyed by over fishing by European countries has no choice but to think about emigrating to Europe where there is hope of work and money. Se (...)
Jim Goldberg Detained Afghani refugee shows scars received from Taliban torture. Lavrio Detention Center. Lavrio, Greece. 2005. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg "Echo's Map". San Francisco and New York, USA. 1989. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg "I'm Dave." The stomach and scar of Tweeky Dave, one of the leaders and spokespeople for homeless youth on the streets of Hollywood. There are differing stories about the origin of this scar; Tweek (...)
Jim Goldberg "Tank, Room 17, Riviera Hotel." Tank, a homeless youth, has just woken up around midday. Hungover, he pulls out his gun and reenacts a Russian roulette game played earlier with a friend. San Franci (...)
Jim Goldberg Clyde Norbert. San Francisco, USA. 1978. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg Goldstines. San Francisco, USA. 1981. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg Polluted river outside Donetsk. Ukraine. 2006. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos

Between 27 – 30 June, a workshop, jointly led by Magnum photographers Jim Goldberg & Alessandra Sanguinetti, will take place at the Barbican Centre in London. The aim of the workshop is to help students to develop their personal projects through individual tutorials, mini assignments, experimentation, and group reviews.

The course is aimed at photographers with an ongoing body of work. This intensive masterclass will challenge, guide, and push students to make new responses to their ideas.

Students should come willing to experiment and to consider new ways of approaching image making and storytelling. Students should come with a pre-existing body of work that they are currently developing.

Each student will participate in group reviews as well as one-on-one tutorials. Students will work on an assignment, individually set by the tutors. The assignment will be created in response to the student’s personal work to assist them in developing their practice. Students should come to the workshop with proposals of what they could work on in these two days, as an extension of an existing work, or a new personal project.

Students will learn to critique the work of others, and one’s own, at both theoretical and practical levels.

The masterclass aims to identify each participant’s visual language and define their photographic approach and encourage participants to realize both personal and assigned projects.

The masterclass will help to develop and realise each participant’s project, and find methods for editing the participant’s work for either books or exhibitions.

The workshop will begin at 1 pm on Monday, June 27, and end at 1 pm Thursday, June 30.

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About Jim Goldberg

Jim Goldberg is a Professor of Art at the California College of Arts and Crafts and a member of Magnum Photos. He has been exhibiting for over 30 years, and his innovative use of image and text make him a landmark photographer of our times. He began to explore experimental storytelling and the potentials of combining image and text with “Rich and Poor”, (1977-85), where he juxtaposed the residents of welfare hotel rooms with the upper class and their elegantly furnished home interiors to investigate the nature of American myths about class, power, and happiness. In Raised by Wolves (1985-95), he worked closely with and documented runaway teenagers in San Francisco and Los Angeles to create a book and exhibition that combined original photographs, text, home movie stills, snapshots, drawings, diary entries as well as single and multi-channel video, sculpture, found objects, light boxes and other 3-D elements. He is currently working on two books on migration in Europe to be published in 2009 and 2010 by Steidl. Goldberg is represented by Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York and the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco.

His work is in numerous private and public collections including NYMOMA, SFMOMA, Whitney, Getty, LACMA, Corcoran, MFA Boston, Hallmark Collection, The High Museum, Library of Congress, MFA Houston, National Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jim Goldberg’s fashion, editorial and advertising work has appeared in numerous publications including W, Details, Flaunt, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rebel, GQ, The New Yorker, and Dazed and Confused. He lives and works in San Francisco.

About Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti was born in New York, 1968, brought up in Argentina from 1970 until 2003 and is currently based in San Francisco.

She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a Hasselblad Foundation grant. Her photographs are included in public and private collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her book, On the Sixth Day, was published by Nazraeli Press in January 2006, and The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams, was published by Nazraeli Press in 2010.

She has photographed for the The New York Times Magazine, LIFE, Newsweek, and New York Magazine.

Fees and  Policies 

Tuition for the Magnum workshop is £800 and does not include flights, accommodations, or meals. All on the ground expenses are the responsibility of the student. Students will receive a full welcome package via email with suggestions for accommodation. Magnum Photos will also supply each student with a letter of credentials for the workshop if access to subjects is required.

Last registration closes June 21, and any remaining places will be allocated seven days following submission.

Once you submit your application, you will be notified within seven business days of your status. Full payment of the tuition is required within seven business days. Please see below for our cancellation policy.

A £100 application fee is required. If accepted, this balance will be applied to the final tuition. If the student is not accepted, a refund of the application fee, minus a £5 processing charge, will be granted.

For any questions or for more information, please contact

  • 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 £50 administrative fee providing the participant informs Magnum Photos of cancellation at least three 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 6 and 20 days before the workshop commences.
    – 100% of the cost if canceled less than five 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.
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