Past Workshop

Project Incubator in Amsterdam with Peter van Agtmael

Take your project one step further and find new ways to distribute your work

Peter van Agtmael

Peter van Agtmael A weary American soldier stands guard as a residential home is searched. Rawah, Iraq. 2006. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

Take your photographic project to the next level and discover new ways to distribute your work across various streams under the guidance of award-winning photographer Peter van Agtmael and key industry professionals from Magnum and LensCulture in Amsterdam. This workshop will lead students to fully develop their portfolios with distribution plans and/or project proposals in multiple formats.

In the current media landscape, creatives not only have to present in-depth contemporary personal storytelling but also find adapted streams for sharing and distributing their work using constantly evolving tools. In this context, participants will have the opportunity to share and discuss their projects from conception to execution, and to discuss further opportunities for dissemination of their personal visual narratives.

Aimed at supporting and mentoring each participant in their approach by helping them to talk about and contextualize their work in a wider editorial environment, this collaborative masterclass will shape and sharpen the vision of how one sees and defines a project, its audience, and its future.

Maral Deghati (Education Manager, World Press Photo Foundation) will join Peter Van Agtmael for a day of portfolio reviews and work with the students exploring how to best manage their photo projects and edit their portfolios for different platforms and audiences. Maral Deghati is a photo editor, curator and producer and has been working in the industry for more than 10 years.

After the three-day workshop, Peter van Agtmael will deliver a talk as part of the World Press Photo Festival. Workshop participants will be granted complimentary access to this event.

The workshop is organized by Magnum in collaboration with LensCulture.

Peter van Agtmael The Motel La Brea, on Hollywood Boulevard. Los Angeles, California. USA. 2013. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Playing in a busted fire hydrant on the 4th of July. Manhattan, New York. USA. 2010. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

Where & When

LensCulture, Amsterdam
10 – 11 – 12 April, 10am to 6pm


The workshop will be held in English


€650 plus tax if applicable.

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

Selection and Requirements

Photographers are required to bring an edit of up to 30-40 small work prints and any other format the project has been developed to yet.
Students attending must be comfortable using their equipment and have their own laptop with editing software installed.


To apply for this workshop click here.

Peter van Agtmael Raymond plays with Star Wars lightsabers with his sons Brady and Riley. Wisconsin. USA. 2007. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos

About Peter Van Agtmael

Peter van Agtmael was born in Washington DC in 1981. He studied history at Yale, graduating with distinction in 2003.

His work largely concentrates on America, looking at issues of conflict, empire, memory, race and class. He has also worked extensively in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine.

He has been awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant, a Magnum Foundation Fellowship as well as multiple awards from World Press Photo, American Photography Annual, POYi, The Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, FOAM and Photo District News.

His book, Disco Night Sept 11, on America at war in the post-9/11 era was released in 2014. Disco Night Sept 11 was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Book Award and was named a ‘Book of the Year’ by The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, Vogue, American Photo and Photo Eye.

Buzzing at the Sill a book about America in the shadow of the wars, was released in the Spring of 2017. It was named a “Book of the Year” by Time, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Mother Jones, Internazionale and LensCulture and shortlisted for the 2017 Rencontres D’Arles Author Book Award.

He is a founder and partner of Red Hook Editions, a publishing company based in Brooklyn. He is a mentor in the Arab Documentary Photography Program in Beirut.

Peter joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a member in 2013.

About Maral Deghati

Maral Deghati is a photo editor, curator and producer and has been working in the industry for more than 10 years. She is currently the Education Manager at the World Press Photo Foundation.

Her work objectives concentrate on advocating visual literacy through communication and storytelling. With a background in visual media, art history and psychology in a multicultural environment, her interests focus on the exploration of the human experience and its varied perspectives through photography. She has collaborated with media and publishers such as Paris Match, Polka, Stern Magazine, and Agence France Press, as well as managing and producing projects for contemporary festivals as World Press Photo and WARM Foundation.

Peter van Agtmael The funeral of Avraham Walz, 29, killed in an attack earlier that day by a Palestinian in a stolen digger. Six Israelis were injured and the assailant, identified as Muhammed Naif el-Ja’abis. Wal (...)
Peter van Agtmael Two men warm themselves by a fire in the destroyed Shujai'iya neighborhood. Operation Protective Edge lasted from 8 July 2014 - 26 August 2014, killing 2,189 Palestinians of which 1,486 are believ (...)
Peter van Agtmael Bobby Henline flexes his muscles with his son Skyler at their home outside San Antonio. Bobby Henline was burned over 38% of his body when his humvee was destroyed by an IED in Iraq in 2007. Afte (...)

Terms and Conditions

  • You will be asked to submit a €100 application fee that will be credited towards your full tuition if you are accepted to the masterclass. If you are not accepted, your €100 fee will be returned minus processing charge(s).
  • There are a limited number of spaces on the workshop. Students will be selected based on the work they have submitted during their registration.
  • Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel this event with less than 10 participants. In the event of cancellation students will be given at least 1 week advance notice and a full refund.
  • Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.
  • 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 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 14 days in advance of the date of the workshop. After this point, refunds cannot be issued.


For enquiries relating to this project please email Coline Plancon:


LensCulture is a global photography network and online magazine celebrating current trends of contemporary photography in art, media, politics, commerce and popular cultures worldwide. LensCulture is dedicated to helping serious photographers move forward in their careers, both creatively and professionally. Lensculture has provided personal professional feedback to thousands of photographers about their projects, and it sponsors several international photography awards per year which help to boost the careers of hundreds of photographers. LensCulture currently reaches an audience of more than 3 million every month.

Peter van Agtmael A helicopter comes to land on an impromptu helipad built into the side of the mountain at the outpost of Aranas. Nuristan. AFGHANISTAN. 2007. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
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