Olivia Arthur Anwesh Kumar Sahoo, former My Gay India, photographed on Juhu Beach. Bombay. India. 2017. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos

Book a place on this special workshop developed by Magnum Photos in partnership with GoaPhoto Festival.

Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur will guide a group of participants through a four-day masterclass focused on developing your photographic projects with a personal narrative and refining your practical knowledge.

Through an intensive schedule involving shooting, group critiques, editing sessions and lectures, participants will have a unique experience photographing in Goa, India, during the GoaPhoto Festival.

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 participants in order to reach new levels and create innovative and engaging work.

The masterclass will end with a public screening organised on the last day of the workshop to showcase each project.

"For me, part of the power of still photography is the ambiguousness of pictures, the ability to give a hint about a scene or event without being too absolute."

- Olivia Arthur

This workshop offers:

• Lecture and mentoring from Olivia Arthur
• Group portfolio reviews including advice on work and professional development
• Individual shooting assignments
• Editing for a projection
• Opportunities to be in Goa during one of the most exciting cultural events in the region

Where & When

GoaPhoto Festival 

Takshila Centre, 273, Nachinola Bardez, Goa, 403528

5th – 8th December, 9.30am to 5pm with evening shooting and activities
We advise participants to arrive on the 4th and leave on the 10th of December.


The workshop will be held in English


Early bird (until 6 October): $950 (incl. VAT) – Early bird tickets extended! You now have until Sunday 20 October to benefit from the early bird price of $950.
Regular (from 21 October): $1,200 (incl. VAT)

Terms and Conditions apply.
See the bottom of this page for more details.

Selection and Requirements

Workshop open to 12 participants. The places are allocated on a first come first served basis.
We offer one scholarship for an Indian photographer. Please see bottom of the page for the requirements on how to apply.


Click here to register for this workshop.


For enquiries relating to this project please email Sonia Jeunet: sonia.jeunet@magnumphotos.com

Olivia Arthur Songul is a teacher working in the town of Van in the east of Turkey. She left her hometown of Bitlis to go to university in the city a few years earlier. she says she always knew she had to get aw (...)
Olivia Arthur Lighty's bedroom tent. SAUDI Jeddah. Arabia. 2009 © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos

Schedule – (a more detailed programme will be sent to all participants)

Day 1 – Thursday 5 December

Presentation of the programme
Each participant introduce their work and present their story ideas for the workshop
Lecture by Olivia Arthur
Drinks / Shooting

Day 2 – Friday 6 December

Shoot in the morning
Meet at 3pm for a debrief, review work and prepare for evening shoot.

Day 3 – Saturday 7 December

Shoot in the morning
Meet at 3pm for a debrief, review work and prepare for evening shoot.

Day 4 – Sunday 8 December

Shoot early morning
Editing and sequencing for evening projection
Evening: public projection


One scholarship will be offered to an Indian photographer, with preference given to Goan or Goa-based photographers.
Photographers who wish to apply will need to submit a portfolio of 20 works (low resolution images) from a singular documentary project together with an artist statement, biography or CV, as well as a short paragraph on how you would benefit from being part of the workshop.

Email your application using WeTransfer to sonia.jeunet@magnumphotos.com before Sunday 13 October, midnight.

The successful candidate will be selected by the representatives of Magnum Photos and GOA Photo Festival.

The successful applicant will be responsible to cover his/her expenses to the workshop (travel + accommodation).


Olivia Arthur is known for her in-depth photography examining people and their personal and cultural identities. Much of her work has illuminated the daily lives of women living in countries as varied as Saudi Arabia, India and across Europe. A more recent focus on large-format portraiture has brought her work back to the UK.

In her first book, Jeddah Diary (2012), she explored her journey photographing women in Saudi Arabia and the complexity of representation in a largely closed society. The project weaved photographs with her diary – a collection of anecdotes of “moments that got away”. Her second book, Stranger (2015), is a journey into Dubai seen through the eyes of the survivor of a shipwreck. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been included in institutional collections in the UK, USA, Germany and Switzerland.

Terms and Conditions

• Full fees must be paid on application
• Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 8 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
• Travel insurance is mandatory.
• A visa might be required, please check your embassy website for details.
• The workshop fee does not include international transport, accommodation in India or ground expenses.
• 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
• Cancellations: Magnum will reimburse the totality of the ticket price is cancellation is made at least 21 days before the start of the workshop, minus a £50 administrative fee. We will charge 50% of the ticket price if cancellation is made between 15 and 21 days before the workshop and 100% of the ticket price if cancellation is made less than 15 days before the start of the workshop.

Olivia Arthur Women swim in the sea on Juhu Beach at night. Mumbai. India. 2016 © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur Crowded compartments on the commuter trains. Bombay. India. 2017. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur Backstage at the 'Dancing Queens' performance. Bombay. India. 2017. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur Watching TV at home. *A print of the image has been rephotographed under a reflective light to partially conceal identity. Jeddah. Saudi Arabia. 2009 © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
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