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Magnum Workshops in Budapest

Develop your documentary style and visual language with Antoine d’Agata and Matt Black

Matt Black Guard dog. Mendota, California, USA. 2013. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos is proud to announce an exclusive workshop series run at the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center in Budapest, where Magnum photographers Antoine d’Agata and Matt Black will be leading students through a focused program, outlined below.

Aimed at photographers with a good understanding of photographic practice, each Magnum photographer will lead their group through a daily program of shooting, reviews, group critiques, mentoring, editing sessions and the opportunity to learn amongst peers.

Students will spend the five days alongside their selected photographer developing visual language, photographic identity, practical, technical and conceptual skills. Each participant’s work will be reviewed daily as a group into a comprehensive educational critique.

Antoine d’ Agata Hamburg, Germany. 1998. © Antoine d’ Agata | Magnum Photos
Antoine d’ Agata Port-Au-Prince, Haïti. 1998. © Antoine d’ Agata | Magnum Photos

5 day Workshop with Matt Black

Through assignments and class discussion, this workshop will sharpen student’s perceptive skills as photographers and work to bridge the gap between ideas and how you photograph. The goal is to establish a personal, authentic and ongoing visual dialogue with your subject, following themes and ideas over time and build bodies of work that are relevant and meaningful.

For this workshop, participants will be free to choose their own project, either an ongoing existing project to further during the class, or start a new work that Matt Black will help them to define.

The first day will be dedicated to presentations and portfolio reviews, the other days will be a mix of editing/shooting/critiques.

Apply for the workshop with Matt Black here.


5 day workshop with Antoine d’Agata

Over five days d’Agata will lead participants through intensive sessions of shooting, reviews, group critiques and editing, to help participants develop and identify their own visual language. Antoine d’Agata will encourage participants to engage with their subject and push personal limits, by emphasizing the importance of meaning via technique, through intense photographing.

The discipline of daily critiques and group discussions focusing on theoretical, aesthetic and practical issues will allow each photographer to define their own photographic strategy.

Each participant must bring a small presentation of their existing work.

This workshop is now fully booked.

Antoine d’ Agata Vilnius, Lithuania. 2004. © Antoine d’ Agata | Magnum Photos
Antoine d’ Agata Vilnius, Lithuania. 2004. © Antoine d’ Agata | Magnum Photos

The format of the workshop, small groups of a maximum of 13 participants, will ensure an intimate and supportive atmosphere. The class will be in English.

The workshop will end with a public projection of the work produced during the 5 days.

On the last day, there will be a joint session of editing and presentation with the two tutors, providing students the opportunity to benefit from both photographers’ advice.

Fees: €950
6 scholarships places have already been selected and paid for by the Capa Center. These places have already been filled. Fee-paying students can apply here.

(Travel, accommodation, and other expenses are not included)

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. Magnum Photos reserves the right to swap out a photographer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Matt Black Farmworker camp. Alpaugh, California, USA. 2013. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Matt Black

Matt Black’s work has explored poverty, agriculture, the environment and migration. A native of rural California, he has photographed extensively in the state’s rural Central Valley and in Southern Mexico.

In 2014, he began the project The Geography of Poverty, a digital documentary work that combines geotagged photographs with census data to map and document poor communities. In 2015 he completed a thirty-state trip photographing seventy of America’s poorest places. Other recent works include The Dry Land, about the impact of drought on California’s agricultural communities, and The Monster in the Mountains, about the disappearance of forty-three students in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. Both of these projects, accompanied by short films, were published by The New Yorker.

Antoine d’Agata

Born in Marseilles, Antoine d’Agata left France in 1983 and remained overseas for the next ten years. Finding himself in New York in 1990, he pursued an interest in photography by taking courses at the International Center of Photography, where his teachers included Larry Clark and Nan Goldin.

During his time in New York, in 1991-92, d’Agata worked as an intern in the editorial department of Magnum, but despite his experiences and training in the US, after his return to France in 1993 he took a four-year break from photography. His first books of photographs, De Mala Muerte and Mala Noche, were published in 1998, and the following year Galerie Vu began distributing his work. In 2001 he published Hometown, and won the Niépce Prize for young photographers.

In 2004 d’Agata joined Magnum Photos and in the same year, shot his first short film, Le Ventre du Monde (The World’s Belly); this experiment led to his long feature film Aka Ana, shot in 2006 in Tokyo. Since 2005 Antoine d’Agata has had no settled place of residence but has worked around the world.

Matt Black Burning tires. Corcoran, California, USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Birds. Tulare, California, USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center in Budapest

The Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center was founded in Budapest in 2013 to honor the legacy of the Hungarian-born Robert Capa and to promote the genre of photography through contemporary approaches and tools. The tasks of the visual center include the organization of exhibitions, portfolio reviews, workshops and the the publication of photography books and albums. At the workshop venue, participants will have the chance to explore the heritage of Magnum’s founding member as well as to get a glimpse of contemporary Hungarian photography.