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In collaboration with the Singapore International Photography Festival
10 – 14/15 October, 2016

The Magnum Workshop in Singapore is a new intensive five-day workshop designed to guide and encourage photographers in refining visual narratives in the Magnum tradition of documentary storytelling.

The third initiative conceived by Magnum Photos and Singapore International Photography Festival follows on from the successes of the Magnum Mentorship programmes hosted in 2012 and 2014.

Intended for photographers wishing to broaden their visual perspective and push the boundaries of their personal development, the Magnum Workshop will elevate the professional standard of both regional and international photographers, under the guidance of Magnum’s renowned, contemporary practitioners, Matt Black, Chien-Chi Chang and Alessandra Sanguinetti.

A new format has been developed this year to help photographers realise their vision in producing works for their desired output. Each mentor will focus on guiding photographers in the production of works for one of the three presentation methods: Exhibition (Matt Black), Multimedia (Chien-Chi Chang) and Publication (Alessandra Sanguinetti).

The workshop will culminate in a public showcase and evening projection of students’ work in DECK’s Courtyard, as part of the official programme of the Singapore International Photography Festival, from the 15th to 30th of October.

9th October: Presentation by Chien-Chi Chang
10th October – 14th October: Magnum Workshop
15th October: Presentation by Alessandra Sanguinetti, Matt Black
15th October: Participants works’ Exhibition opening, presentation by multimedia and publication.

The Photographers

Chien-Chi Chang

The intensive workshop is aimed at professionals and serious photography enthusiasts. The goal is to develop and deepen participants’ own storytelling abilities. Each day will be filled with shooting assignments, group reviews and one-to-one critique. For those who plan to pursue multimedia, it is important to make sure you have most of your video and audio assets ready before the workshop so that we may concentrate on when and how to cut footage and, most importantly, how to cut in a manner that best advances the story emotionally and intellectually. Be prepared to work long hours!

Matt Black

Matt Black’s workshop will focus on developing and deepening your connection and commitment to long-term documentary work.
The commitment you will explore is twofold, both to your subject, and to your work: how to follow themes and ideas over time and build your photographs into cohesive bodies of work that are socially relevant and personally meaningful.

Through assignments and class discussion, the workshop will sharpen your perceptive skills as a photographer and work to bridge the gap between your ideas and how you photograph. The goal is to establish a personal, authentic, and ongoing visual dialogue with your subject.

Alessandra Sanguinetti

This intensive workshop will challenge, guide, and push students to make new responses to their ideas. The goal is to help students to develop their personal projects through individual tutorials, mini assignments, experimentation, and group reviews. The masterclass aims to identify each participant’s visual language and define their photographic approach, and encourage participants to realise both personal and assigned projects.

The masterclass will help to develop and realize each participant’s project. When telling a story, we have a rare opportunity to step into someone else’s world – be it a loved one or a stranger, a familiar or foreign community – at times anonymously, at other times with the complicity of those portrayed. This workshop will explore storytelling in its many forms, with the emphasis on the use of portraiture within a narrative. The participants will be expected to engage with a subject in ways that challenge their comfort levels and boundaries, with a sense of play and a willingness to experiment.

The first day of the workshop will consist of group portfolio reviews and discussions about the coming week’s assignments. The week will consist of shooting, editing, class reviews and tutorials, with discussions on work focused on both approach and technique. By the end of the workshop, each participant will have more insight into their own path and will have worked on a story on their subject consisting of a collection of edited and sequenced images, and a notion of the ideal form of presentation for the work.


This workshop is open to photographers of all skill levels and genres. Candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment and ready to photograph. Each workshop is limited to 13 participants and photographers will be selected on the perceived benefit to their career and development.

Photographers should prepare sufficient research relating to what they wish to shoot prior to arrival. A story list can be provided for inspiration, however candidates are expected to formulate realistic projects for the time supplied. Magnum will provide a suitable classroom infrastructure and participants will be responsible for their own time management.

Due to the fast pace of the workshop, Magnum highly recommends that participants produce and edit their work digitally, using their own laptops. Individuals wishing to use film may do so, but at their own cost and during the time imposed. Lab services will be coordinated where required and where possible. Please specify in your application your preferred media. Please note – all workshops will be conducted in English.

The Magnum workshops will take place at DECK, 120A Prinsep Streetm Singapore 187937

Tuition Fees

*Early Bird Applications (Before August 20th, 2016): *SG$ 1700*

SG$ 1800* (*does not include travel, accommodations or on-the-ground expenses and bank/Paypal transfers fees). All fees must be paid in the 5 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 SG$ 150 administrative fee, if the participant informs Magnum Photos of cancellation at least 4 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 21 and 27 days before the workshop commences.
. 100% of the cost if cancelled less than 21 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.

Travel & 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 and relevant visas in order to attend the event. Magnum Photos can provide letters of support where necessary.


Click here to apply

Upon submitting your online application you will be transferred to Paypal where you must submit a SG$ 270. 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 September 4th, 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. Full payment should be received by September 10th to fully confirm your place.

Please note: Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 9 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 Marine Mérindol, Development Manager: