Past Workshop

Magnum Australia Workshops in partnership with the ACP

Develop your photographic practice with one of two visiting Magnum photographers

Bieke Depoorter I Am About To Call It a Day. 2012. © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos

For the first time in over five years, Magnum Photos is proud to announce an exclusive workshop in Australia. Offered in partnership with the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, Magnum photographers Olivia Arthur and Bieke Depoorter will guide a group of participants through a 5-day programme focused on developing personal story ideas and refining practical knowledge.

Known for their in-depth and intimate storytelling approaches, both photographers will share their experience and advice in order for participants to advance their own practice, personally and professionally, in one of the most remarkable cities in the world.

The format of each workshop is centered around small groups of no more than 14 participants, ensuring an intimate and supportive atmosphere. Through an intensive schedule involving shooting, group critiques, editing sessions and lectures, participants will have a unique experience with like-minded peers and industry leading photographers.

Both photographers have wide-ranging experience working in various environments utilizing a variety of visual languages and approaches. If you are looking for inspiration or advice around the editorial market, the gallery scene or book publishing, both Arthur and Depoorter are well placed to offer their support. There will also be some joint sessions between the two groups during the week.

Participants will work towards a final public projection of their new body of work and group celebration.

Bieke Depoorter I Am About to Call It a Day, 2012. © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos
Bieke Depoorter Cairo, Egypt. 2012. © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos

5-Day Workshop with Bieke Depoorter

Over the five days, participants will take initial ideas or leads and develop them into tight cohesive bodies of work. With an emphasis on building genuine connections in a short time frame and developing a distinctive visual language, participants will push their own boundaries to create new and important work. Through shooting tasks, reviews and editing sessions, Depoorter will encourage participants to engage with their subjects and push personal limits by emphasizing the importance of participation and collaboration.

For participants interested in exploring the relationship between photographer and subject, as well as establishing personal, authentic and ongoing visual dialogue, Depoorter will help guide projects to develop work that is relevant and meaningful. Drawing on her own experience traveling through Russia and U.S engaging with strangers, to her most recent LiveLab work ‘Night Walk with Agata’ which was created in Paris, in a similar time frame as this workshop.

Apply here for the workshop with Bieke Depoorter.

Olivia Arthur Double-exposure of a worker in Bur Dubai, Dubai. U.A.E. 2014 © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur Dhow-workers by the docks at the creek. Dubai. U.A.E. 2013 © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos

5-Day Workshop with Olivia Arthur

Through class discussions around photography’s ability to represent and connect audiences, participants will develop their practice via focused individual and group feedback sessions in order to define their own photographic style.

Each participant will work on a story during the workshop that they will be able to continually revisit and refine. Projects may be ongoing or started fresh, with the overall goal for the week to challenge student’s abilities in order to reach new levels and create innovative and engaging work.

Through Arthur’s previous work and in particular recent projects including ‘Children of Europe’ and ‘Hull, Portrait of a City’ which heavily focused on communities and portraiture, students who wish to embed themselves within a particular group or district in Sydney would benefit from Arthur’s experienced guidance and feedback.

Apply here for the workshop with Olivia Arthur.

Olivia Arthur John Vate getting ready back stage at Charles Street Club to become his performing alterego, Sally Vate. Brighton. G.B. 2016 © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur Young dancer Freya shows some of her moves in her bedroom. Hull. England. GB. 2017. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos

About the ACP

The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) is the leading national organization dedicated to photography and new media. The ACP provides exhibition, education and community programs to engage audiences in a dynamic conversation about the role photography plays in visual culture.

As one of the longest-running contemporary art spaces, founded in 1973, the ACP has been a creative force in the cultural life of Australia for over 40 years. Headquartered in Sydney, the ACP fosters partnerships to present innovative programs, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Panel Discussion

In addition to the workshop, ACP is thrilled to announce a special one-off event in which Magnum Photos photographers, Bieke Depoorter and Olivia Arthur, who will be joined by Walkley award-winning journalist Helen Vatsikopoulos to discuss their distinct practices and the place of long-form storytelling in today’s fast-paced, digital driven society.

The event will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday May 1, at The University of Technology, Sydney.

More info and event booking here.

Where & When

Workshops will be held at: Woollahra Library at Double Bay, 451 New South Head Rd, Double Bay NSW 2028

Tuesday 1 May to Saturday 5 May, 2018

The Magnum Australia Workshops are generously supported by venue partner Woollahra Libraries.


Early Bird: – $1,650 AUD (inclusive of GST) if application submitted before April 11th.
Standard – $1,800 AUD (inclusive of GST)

Terms & Conditions

  • Full fees must be paid on application.
  • The workshop fee does not include transport, accommodation or ground expenses. International participants are responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is canceled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable tickets and/or travel insurance.
  • Magnum reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 7 participants. Students will be given a full refund.
  • In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least two weeks’ notice.
  • Magnum reserves the right to change or alter the programme advertised if needed.
  • Refunds to applications 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 commencement. After this point refunds cannot be issued.


Olivia Arthur A woman lies on the table in the dining room of the women's prison. Tbilisi. Georgia. 2006. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
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