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Jérôme Sessini Rationing store. Downtown Havana. La Havana. Cuba. January 6, 2008. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos and Tbilisi Photo Festival are proud to present the first in a series of professional practice workshops taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia, during the opening weekend of the festival.

Join us for a two-day masterclass aimed at enhancing and defining your documentary style and practice. If you’re an aspiring or professional photographer wanting to learn the mechanisms behind editorial commissions, the art market, gain insights on how to publish a photobook and make connections with other photographers, then this workshop is for you.

This weekend will be led by Jérôme Sessini (Magnum photographer), Jeroen Kummer (Co-founder and Creative Director of Kummer & Herrman), Katarzyna Sagatowska (Curator, photographer, and lecturer) and Sonia Jeunet (Education Manager and producer, Magnum Photos).

This event offers participants the chance to learn from Magnum photographers as well as a diverse mix of industry leaders. The workshop will focus on demystifying the industry, establishing a professional network of contacts, understanding the requirements of the market and identifying realistic routes into photographic employment. This unique programme offers highly valuable training opportunities for early & mid-career photographers.

The first day will consist of lectures as the speakers present their career experience to date, give behind the scenes tips and impart practical advice on how to work and succeed in their area of expertise. A second day of portfolio reviews with speakers will provide photographers with an honest and constructive critique of existing work.

Taking place during the opening week of Tbilisi Photo Festival, the workshop will also be the opportunity to take part in the festival events, offering further networking opportunities.

This workshop offers:

• Practical advice and lectures from industry speakers about their specific area of expertise
• Group portfolio reviews including advice on work and professional development
• Peer, Magnum Staff and Industry Expert networking opportunities
• Taking part of Tbilisi Photo Festival opening weekend

Jérôme Sessini An Orthodox priest blesses the protesters on a barricade. Ukraine. Kiev. February 20, 2014.Unidentified snipers opened fire on unarmed protesters as they were advancing on Instituska street. Acc (...)
Jérôme Sessini Ciudad Juarez. Mexico. July 17, 2009.On weekends in summer, the families of Ciudad Juarez come to relax on the edges of the Rio Bravo at the boundary of the border between Mexico and the United S (...)

Where & When

Fabrika, 8 Egnate Ninoshvili St, Tbilisi, Georgia
14th – 15th September, 9.30am to 6pm


The workshop will be held in English


Early bird price offer: $300 (incl. VAT) until August 14, 2019
Regular price: $400 (incl. VAT) from August 14, 2019
Terms and Conditions apply.
See the bottom of this page for more details.

Selection and Requirements

Each workshop is open to 40 applicants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Click here to register for this workshop.


For enquiries relating to this project please email Sonia Jeunet:

Jérôme Sessini "Solitude". Fashion Shoot.

Model Bianca O'Brien. Athens. Greece. 2018. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos


Jérôme Sessini
Jérôme Sessini is one the world’s most prolific and respected names working in the sensitive field of conflict zones, and has been dispatched to war-torn countries like Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Libya for international publications. As well as reporting on the frontlines, he has covered social issues such as the drug-related violence on the streets of Mexico, the anti-government protests in Ukraine and indigenous minorities in Cambodia facing forced eviction.
His work has been published by prestigious newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek, Stern, Paris-Match as well as Le Monde and the Wall Street Journal. It has been shown in multiple solo exhibitions around the world including the Visa Photo Festival in Perpignan, at the Rencontres d’Arles, the Bibliothèque Nationale François-Mitterrand, as well as with the French Ministry of Culture. Sessini become Magnum Photos nominee in 2012 and a full member in 2016.

Jeroen Kummer
Jeroen Kummer (Amsterdam 1969) is cofounder, designer, and creative director of K&H. In addition to his work at K&H, he currently teaches graphic design and storytelling at the Photography Department of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.

Katarzyna Sagatowska
Curator, photographer, lecturer and organizer of art events from Poland, Katarzyna graduated from the Institute of Creative Photography at the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic (where she is currently doing a PhD) and Warsaw Technical University. She was in charge of the Collector’s Photography (Fotografia Kolekcjonerska) project – working as a curator and coordinator of exhibitions and auctions of distinguished Polish artists’ photographs between 2010 to 2017. Co-author of the We Are All Photographers (Wszyscy Jestesmy Fotografami) series. Scholar of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the City of Warsaw. Jury member in such contests as Young Creative Chevrolet, BZ WBK Press Foto, ShowOFF of Krakow Photomonth and Photographic Publication of the Year (Fotograficzna Publikacja Roku).

Sonia Jeunet
With more than 10 years experience working in the photography industry, Sonia joined Magnum in 2018 as the Education Manager and Events Producer working from the London office. She develops and produces photography workshops, masterclasses, talks and the Magnum x London College of Communication Intensive Documentary Photography course. Prior to that, she worked at Panos Pictures in London and NOOR in Amsterdam, as commissioning editor, photo editor and project manager.

Terms and Conditions

• All fees must be paid on application
• Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 25 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
• For International applicants, Magnum Photos is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is cancelled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable tickets and/or travel insurance
• Refunds to applicants who wish to cancel their place on the workshop can only be given up to 21 days in advance of the date of the workshop. After this point, refunds cannot be issued

Jérôme Sessini The Malecon. La Havana. Cuba. June 17, 2008.For almost 50 years the Republic of Cuba was led by Fidel Castro, starting when he took position as the head of the revolutionary army on January 1, 19 (...)