Patrick Zachmann A group of Chinese people watching "the Long Nose", a term which refers to all westerners, including the photographer. Beijing. China. 1982. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

To celebrate Magnum’s 70th Anniversary, Patrick Zachmann will lead a workshop in Shanghai this November in partnership with Light Society.

Drawing on the agency’s long history of visual storytelling and photographic practice, Zachmann will lead students through hands-on workshops, sharing his unique perspective, knowledge and industry advice.

Patrick Zachmann Hairdresser and beauty parlour. Those shops often serve as cover for prostitution activities. Town of Wenzhou. Province of Zhejiang. China. February, 1991. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Young member of a triad with his girlfriend, Hong Kong. 1988. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

Over the course of five days, the workshop will include a daily program of shooting, mentoring, lectures, group critiques, and editing sessions, culminating in a final folio of work to be completed by each participant. The program aims to enable students to develop their ideas and concepts, while also refining their technical skills and approach.

"I believe that when one gains professional experience and artistic practice during several years, to pass on a little bit of know-how is a way to allow young photographers to get what one has taken and learned from others"

- Patrick Zachmann
Patrick Zachmann Young prostitute, originally from Henan, in a massage parlour, Beijing, China. 2001. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos


The masterclass will be held in Shanghai Nov 27-Dec 1 at the Fosun Foundation.

Limited to 12 students each, both sessions are open to participants worldwide that have intermediate to experienced levels of practice. Students must have a good knowledge of their cameras and be able to bring 15-20 photographs to class for review (jpeg or prints) by Patrick Zachmann. Students will be asked to bring their own laptop and cameras along with a USB stick.

Please note: Only digital work will be reviewed during the course. The workshop will be taught in English with local language translation provided.

Before starting the course, students are encouraged to prepare several story ideas so that the emphasis is placed on building storytelling principles and development of visual language skills.

Patrick Zachmann Train between Battambang and Phnom Penh. Young monk in train and passenger climbing to travel on the roof. Cambodia. 2002. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Travelling on the roof of train between Battambang and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 2002. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos


As a freelance photographer since 1976 and a member of Magnum Photos since 1990, Patrick Zachmann has dedicated himself to long-term works, books, and films, all dealing with the themes of memory, identities, and immigration.

Zachmann has been shooting in China for more than 30 years, has exhibited across the world and received many awards honoring his long-term projects and contribution to photography.


Participants are required to submit;

–       An up to date resume

–       200 – 500 words about your proposed project (what is it about, what you hope to achieve etc.)

–       10 images (requirements: no more than 3MB, JPEG format, in accordance with the order number, picture name format “01_ name” and so on);

–       Digital camera and relevant supporting equipment

For further details and to apply, click here

Patrick Zachmann Shooting of the film "Liao Zhong Kai" by Tang Xiao Dan. The film is set in the 1920s. Shanghai, China. 1982. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos